Bossier City government saw Mayor Lo Walker return for a third term and welcomed two new city councilmen Friday with the swearing in ceremony.
One by one, each of the eight elected official repeated their formal oaths of office. Up first were the seven city council members, sworn in by Judge Tommy Wilson, Judge Jeff Cox and Judge Billy Ross Robinson. Returning councilmen include Scott Irwin, District 1; Jeffery Darby, District 2; Don “Bubba” Williams, District 3; Timothy Larkin, Councilman At Large; and David Montgomery, Jr., Councilman At Large.
Taking the oath for the first time was District 4 representative Jeff Free, who will fill the seat David Jones filled for 16 years before retiring. He hopes to be a voice for the residents of his district and to continue working for the people of Bossier City.
“I’m excited to start serving the people,” Free said. “I think David Jones has done an incredible job for the city and in my district. This is something I have wanted to do for years and years and thought this would be the perfect time for me to step up and take his place.”
Also new to the council is Tommy Harvey, who won the District 5 seat in a tight race against incumbent Larry Hannisee. It was clear from the smile on his face that the fight to the end was worth it.
“In a word I’m just excited,” Harvey said. “I’m excited about the direction that Bossier City is going and I’m excited to work with an outstanding group of dedicated professionals.”
With five returning and two new councilmen, Harvey said he’s looking forward to learning from those with experience while also bringing new ideas to the council. He said the amount of support from the public has been overwhelming and a sign of things to come.
“I’d like to see the start of neighborhood meetings within the districts,” Harvey said. “What’s going on in north Bossier may not be the same as what’s going on in the heart of old Bossier. These meetings will bring those groups together to talk about issues that are relevant to their neighborhoods and a way to address voter and citizen concerns.”
Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker was the last to take the oath, which he’s done since first taking office in 2005. Walker personally addressed and thanked the members of “team Bossier,” including the police and fire department, Barksdale Air Force Base and the city officials that work together daily to keep Bossier at its finest.
“I’m fortunate enough to have a job I look forward to coming to every day,” he said.
Now in his third term, Walker, who ran unopposed in the April election, said it will be back to business as usual Monday morning.
“We’ve got several major traffic projects in work, such as the Swan Lake Road expansion,” he said. “We will continue the great relationship with law enforcement, government agencies and Barksdale Air Force Base. We have a very unique relationship within our parish that works out well and for the betterment of our community.”
The official oath of office marks the start four-year terms, which officially begin Monday, July 1.