Tallulah appoints former state attorney general as city attorney

Published: Sep. 24, 2018 at 10:21 PM CDT
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The interim Tallulah mayor has appointed former State Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell, as the interim city attorney.

These positions may be short term, but Caldwell said he's ready to hit the ground running, getting Tallulah back on the right track.

Tallulah continues moving in a different direction with leadership changes.

"This is a good homecoming for me," Buddy Caldwell said.

Former State Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell, takes his seat among council as the new city attorney.

To him, it's a great feeling taking on this job.

"I grew up in this area. My five sisters and brother, we graduated from high school here. This is home. Home is where your heart is," Caldwell said.

Caldwell comes on board with the new interim mayor, Gloria Hayden, who chose him for this role.

Caldwell brings a lot to the table, having served as a district attorney in the area for nearly 30 years.

He also served as the state attorney general for eight years.

He hopes he can bring much-needed change to Tallulah.

"Hopefully saving a lot of money with lawsuits, etc. So we don't have all that huge expense," Caldwell said.

"It's something that we can eliminate a lot of expenses that are needless and that we can get to budget our sewage and water."

His goal is also a goal the entire community would love to see happen.

"Everybody wants the same thing. They want a good community with good clean drinking water," he said.

Interim Mayor Gloria Hayden says, "We will be working together tirelessly to get clean drinking water for Tallulah. That is my number one priority."

Caldwell's position is temporary. He'll serve during the interim mayor's term but he said they can accomplish a lot in that short term.

The mayor also picked an interim city superintendent and interim special counsel.

All three positions will serve until the end of Hayden's term.