LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish has nine new leaders. Monday at noon, nine men took the oath of office as new parish council members. The incumbents were voted out in the fall and some chose not to run.
The new group of decision makers are taking on a new theme of working together. Under the previous council, there were several instances where it appeared the council and parish president did not get along.
"People were sick and tired of the fighting and the perception we were not getting things done," said Livingston Parish President, Layton Ricks. He ran unopposed. "The reality is we were getting things done, but the fighting was so personal and so political, it set a bad tone and looks bad for the parish."
During Ricks' remarks at the ceremony, he hinted at the issue when addressing the new councilmen.
"Where have y'all been? Y'all may not be a pretty bunch, but you sure are a sight for sore eyes," he said.
Even though many of those elected have not held previous leadership positions, three do come with experience.
Ricks says as long as they listen to each other and communicate without so much bickering, they should have a good four years.
"It may be challenging, because of the growth (of the parish), but working together I think we'll get some things done."
Working together is why Shane Mack says he decided to run. He says he was tired of the back and forth between the parish president and the old council.
"We just want to all work together and do a good job to be honest with you," Mack said.
Mack says he also ran for the seat to get some things done in District 9, which covers the Albany and Holden area.
"Drainage. We have a lot of drainage issues. Over the years we kind of built gravel roads and overlaid them, we stuck different size culverts on driveways. And the water is having a lot of trouble flowing."
Mack says the council will also look into talk about an airport in Livingston Parish, as well as a sporting arena and continue working on the parish road overlay program.
The first meeting with the new council is Thursday, Jan. 14.