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Dept heads & mayor pro-tem elected in Oak Grove

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE 8 News & City of Oak Grove) - The new Town Council and Mayor wasted no time in going to work for the citizens of the Town of Oak Grove tackling many items in the first regular meeting of their term which lasted nearly two hours and included 33 items on the agenda.

The top items on the agenda were the approval of the Mayor’s cabinet appointments, electing a Mayor Pro-Tempore for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and naming an Assistant Chief of Police.

The Council voted unanimously to name Karon Colquette, City Superintendent; Johnny “Beanie” Moss, Chief of Police; Mellissa Corley, City Clerk and John M. “Mack” Lancaster as City Attorney.

“The council made a wise decision approving these appointments,” Mayor Adam T. Holland said. “All four of these men and women have a vast amount of knowledge and experience in their respective fields and will be an asset to our new administration as we strive to make our town a model city.”

The council also elected Councilman Todd Nevels to serve as the Mayor Pro-Tempore for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Nevels received the highest number of votes in the April 5th Town Council election. The Mayor Pro-Tempore serves as Mayor when the Mayor is out of town or is unable to fulfill his/her duties.

“I have known Councilman Nevels for many years and have served with him on many committees,” Holland said. “Nevels is a class act and I look forward to working with him as your Mayor Pro-Tempore for the year; I am more than confident in his abilities to step up to the plate in my absence.”

The council also approved Chief Beanie Moss’ appointment of Lewis “Bubba” Russell to serve as the town’s Assistant Chief of Police. Russell is the son of the late W.B. Russell who served in the same position for many years under the Cox and Dumas administrations. He brings with him over 30 years of law enforcement experience in criminal investigations and patrolling with the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office and has spent the last two years as the Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

“Bubba is a huge gain for our department.” Chief Beanie Moss said. “With the experience he brings to our department he makes our good department even better. My officers and I welcome him to our team and look forward to a long relationship with him.”

The Council also voted to test the emergency alert system at 12 noon on July 18. The test will determine if the current siren works and if so the Mayor will work with the other emergency officials in the parish and region to develop and implement its usage.

In other action the council approved the city’s participation in the Louisiana-Monroe Older Workers Program along with participating in programs offered by the Louisiana Workforce Development Commission. They also set a date of August 1 to flush the waterlines.

In the meeting the condemnation process was also started on three properties on Gaston Street along with other routine business for the city. Complete minutes will be posted on the City’s Facebook page and in the official journal once they are prepared.

“This was a great start,” Holland said. “I am proud of the action that the council has taken so far and look forward to working with them to implement many positive changes for our Town.”

 

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