A new phase begins for City of Minden

By Bonnie Culverhouse

When Minden city officials convene tonight, it will be a group that swore to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Last Thursday night, all newly-elected council persons, mayor of Minden and police chief were administered oaths of office by City Judge Sherb Sentell at Minden Civic Center.

The general theme of the night was unity and trust in God.

“I hope we can all come together and celebrate the new leadership in the city,” Mayor Nick Cox said. “I believe good days are ahead of us.”

Cox said he, along with interim Mayor Tommy Davis, have met with the new council to discuss the future.

“So far, I feel real good with our situation. I like these people,” he said. “They’re good folks.”

Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin spoke to the new council about setting goals that are attainable.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about these folks,” Marvin said of the council. “They are eager to get started.”

Marvin then introduced Chief Jared McIver whom has known almost 30 years. Marvin said he respects McIver and his honesty.

“He’s going to make us proud,” Marvin said. “We have a good police force here, and he’s going to make a great leader.”

McIver asked retired Chief Steve Cropper to stand and be recognized for his job over the past 12 years.

“I owe many things to this man,” McIver said. “He stood behind me and allowed me to come to the police department and work part time while campaigning and learn the department so I wouldn’t go in without knowing the job.”

McIver said he spent many beneficial hours in the field with the men and women of the police department for a year.

“Chief Cropper let me sit under him and learn the ropes,” McIver said. “He’s done a magnificent job, and I only hope I can do as good a job as he has done.”

Cropper’s recognition was met with a standing ovation from the large crowd.

McIver said he doesn’t take his job lightly.

“I want you to be proud of your police force and what they’ve accomplished here in the city,” he said.

Each council person was sworn in individually and given a chance to speak, again giving thanks to God and focusing on unity in the city. They are District A: Carlton “Buddy” Myles, District B: Levon Charlie Thomas, District C: Latasha Anderson Mitchell, District D: Michael Roy and District E: Andy Pendergrass.

The first scheduled meeting of the Minden City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, January 3) in Council Chambers at Minden City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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