It’s official: Davis is Minden’s interim mayor

By Bonnie Culverhouse

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tommy Davis became the official Mayor of Minden … again.

Davis was appointed Minden’s interim mayor by Gov. John Bel Edwards Monday. Tuesday, he was sworn in by Webster Parish Clerk of Court Holli Vining, while his wife Nelda held the Bible, which Davis described as “the best law book ever.”

During the most recent term, Davis has served as interim mayor and councilman for District D.

Davis followed Joe Cornelius as interim to fill almost one year of the unexpired term of late Mayor Bill Robertson. 

“Joe was interim mayor, and then I ran for the rest of his term,” Davis said. “Before that I was seven years on the council.”

He then ran for and became mayor from 2015 to 2019 when the late Terry Gardner was elected.

The governor’s appointment comes on the heels of Gardner’s death after which the Minden City Council had a deadline to appoint a mayor. Once that date passed, the issue fell to the governor.

Davis will hold the post until a newly-elected mayor takes office in January 2023.