New Tallulah mayor sworn into office, plans to put city in 'positive light'

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE) - The new mayor of Tallulah was sworn into office Monday. Charles Finlayson takes the seat after serving on the city council for 33 years.

Finlayson takes the oath.

Finlay now takes over as the elected mayor, replacing the previous interim mayor who was picked by the city council after Mayor Paxton Branch passed away last year.

Finlayson says his goal is simple. He wants everyone to see Tallulah in a positive light again. "I've lived here my whole life. My people have been here for over 100 years," Finlayson says.

Now that he is mayor, he says he's already working on helping Tallulah prosper. "I thank all the people who trusted in me, and I hope that they understand we're going to try to move the town forward. Every mayor has his own plan. I have mine."

Finlayson says the first three major problems the city has to address include water system issues, fixing the streets and drainage issues. "As far as the streets, we need to work up some kind of plan to repair them in a timely manner. The drainage problems, we need to correct. These things we can do immediately. I hope the people will support me as we move forward."

That's support he also hopes to have as he continues to work with other elected officials and department heads. "I have a good relationship with all the city councilmen. And, I think that's a plus. In the past, we've had some division with the council, but I'm going to work with all the councilmen to move us forward. I'm also going to talk to all department heads and all employees and tell them what I expect and what I want to do. And, we're going to do it."

While Finlayson knows the road ahead may not be easy, he's still confident brighter days are ahead for them. "These things are not going to come easy. They're not going to come quickly, but it can be done with a little work and a little cooperation, and I look forward to working with all the governing bodies in the parish."

United as one, he’s hopeful that change will come for their city. "I want Tallulah to have a positive image, and it's going to take all of us working together."

Finlayson’s term will only be three years to keep Tallulah’s next mayoral election in 2022.