By Bonnie Culverhouse
As soon as an oath of office can be administered, the City of Minden will welcome back a familiar face to the mayor’s office.
Monday morning, Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed former Mayor Tommy Davis to the position of interim mayor.
“There is still a lot of paperwork to take care of before I am sworn in,” Davis said Monday. “But I will be at City Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) to get started on all that.”
Davis received the call around mid-morning.
The governor’s appointment comes on the heels of the death of Mayor Terry Gardner after which the Minden City Council had a deadline to appoint a mayor. Once that date passed, the issue fell to the governor.
Davis, who has experience as a city councilman and mayor, will hold the post until a newly-elected mayor takes office in January 2023.
Qualifying to run for office closed Friday afternoon with three candidates for the city’s top spot.
Nick Cox, No Party, is running against, Billy “Bill” R. Mills, Republican and District B Councilwoman Terika Williams-Walker, Democrat. The primary election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.