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Salzer tries to ‘fill big shoes’ on Police Jury

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Bossier Parish Clerk of Court Jill Sessions swears in Thomas D. “Tom” Salzer to the Bossier Parish Police Jury. Salzer has been appointed to the District 11 seat to fill the vacancy created with the death of long-time jury member, Wayne Hammack.

Thomas D. “Tom” Salzer has been appointed to the Bossier Parish Police Jury District 11 seat to fill the vacancy created with the death of long-time jury member, Wayne Hammack.

Salzer, a graduate of Parkway High School and Northwestern State University, was selected by unanimous vote during a special police jury meeting last week. Salzer will serve until a special election to fill the remaining nearly three years of Hammack’s term is held in March of next year.

There were only two applicants for the Dist. 11 seat. Lindell Webb, former Bossier Parish School Board member, also applied and interviewed for the position.

Salzer wasn’t expecting it to be a unanimous vote in his favor. He now looks forward to serving on the jury.

“I’m honored to be appointed. I’ve got some mighty big shoes to fill,” Salzer said. “I hope that I can live up to [Wayne’s] standards and keep Bossier Parish growing the way it has been growing.”

Salzer is the self-employed owner/operator of Salzer Group LLC, a custom cabinet fabrication and laminating process business working with hospitals and doctors’ offices in the local area. He is a life-long resident of District 11.

“The biggest thing I can bring the jury is an open mind,” Salzer said. “My attitude towards this is that we will all have different opinions about things. As long as we understand and respect that, we can all work toward a common goal for all people in Bossier Parish.”

Salzer has served as a police jury appointee on the Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Adjustments.

Police Jury President Wanda Bennett feels that Salzer is knowledgable and spoke with great compassion.

“I don’t really know him, but I’ve heard a lot about him since this all came up,” Bennett said. “We want a good fit and he did demonstrate to us a strong passion for serving others. I wish him the best of luck.”