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The face of the Louisiana City Council has changed drastically after the April election, a resignation and new appointments made Monday, May 10 by new Mayor Bart Niedner.
The council voted 6-0 to have Neil Darnell take over the Ward 1 seat that Sal Pollice resigned earlier in the evening. Darnell lost to new Ward 1 councilman in the April election.
Jeff Guay was also installed as the new Ward 3 councilman’s spot vacated when Niedner won the mayor’s spot in April. Guay served on the council from 2006 to 2008.
Voting for them were council members Tim Carter, Lori Helkey and Don Oakley, who were all elected in April. Also voting for them were Kathy Smith, Russell Stephens and Chuck Hoffman. Those three have been on the council for 13 months, with only Stephens and Hoffman being there longer.
Niedner also made his appointments for city positions, with the new board okaying them all.
The only person not immediately rehired was City Attorney Robert Rapp, whose position was listed only as “discussion remains.”
Being reseated were City Administrator Bob Jenne, City Clerk Sharon Kakouris, City Treasurer Renae Johnson, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Mike Lesley, Fire Truck Driver Kelly Henry, Code Enforcement Officer Kent Adams, Municipal Judge Bruce McQuire, Prosecutor Joe Brannon and City Collector Christina Boyd.
Animal Control Officer Wiley Harrison was also reinstated and is no longer commissioned under law enforcement.
Police Chief Rich Hughes was given a two-year appointment in 2013.