LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - There were 10 new faces as the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury was sworn in Monday.
The police jurors took their oaths of office for the 2020-2024 term.
It was crowded in the police jury meeting room for those who wanted to see Calcasieu’s 15 police jurors take the oath.. And once complete, jurors received a standing ovation from those who had come to witness it. Ten are new, if you count Tony Stelly, a former juror now serving. Nine are first-time police jurors.
The first order of business was to elect a president. Tony Guillory was selected. The four-term juror promises to do his best.
“I will work very hard as police jury president. I will give it 100%,” said Guillory.
And Brian Abshire is vice president. Abshire took the spot vacated by Nic Hunter, when he became mayor of Lake Charles. Abshire is now starting his first four-year tmer.
Guillory predicts drainage will continue to be their biggest challenge.
"It's always going to be drainage is our number one. Drainage is our number one issue that we are trying to conquer and take control of," said Guillory.
The jury includes three who formerly served on the Calcasieu School Board, such as Ron Hayes.
"Actually, the reason I did it is I felt the school board was in good hands. I felt that they were in good shape and moving in the right direction. I think the police jury needed some help, quite frankly. There's a lot of growth in Calcasieu Parish coming still. I would want to be a part of that, make decisions and hopefully contribute in a helpful way," said Hayes.
Former school board member, Joe Andrepont, takes the seat held so many years by his dad, Francis. While having so many new faces might create a bit of uncertainty, Guillory says he'll work for unity.
"There will be times when it might not go their way and not to get upset and take it home or get mad at anybody. We want to work together because, it's not about us. It's about the people of Calcasieu Parish," said Guillory.
Jurors thanked their families and constituents and pledged to work hard to do good things for Calcasieu Parish.
Of the 15 jurors, five were re-elected. Nine will be serving their first terms and one - Tony Stelly - is returning after four years.
· Ashton Richard, District 1 (First term)
· Mike Smith, District 2 (First term)
· Eddie Lewis, Jr., District 3 (First term)
· Tony Guillory, District 4 (Fourth term)
· Brian Abshire, District 5 (Second term)
· Ron Hayes, District 6 (First term)
· Chris Landry, District 7 (Sixth term)
· Guy Brame, District 8 (Fifth term)
· Anthony Bartie, District 9 (First term)
· Tony Stelly, District 10 (Fourth term - previously served three terms, from 2004-2016)
· Roger Marcantel, District 11 (First term)
· Judd Bares, District 12 (Second term)
· Joe Andrepont, District 13 (First term)
· Randy Burleigh, District 14 (First term)
· Tony Tramonte, District 15 (First term)
Should you need to contact your police juror, here are their email addresses: