LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -For the first time since Hurricane Laura, Cameron parish officials gathered this morning for an investiture ceremony.
It was a historic day for Cameron Parish as they swore in newly elected and returning officials.
Sheriff Ron Johnson and Clerk of Court Susan Racca were sworn in officially this past June. Sheriff Johnson in his speech remarking what 2020 had brought to their community.
“These two hurricanes and COVID was a hiccup and a stall in time for us. But that grew us. That grew us in our grace of God. That grew us in our Christianity, and we come to realize that everything is not going to be perfect cause we live in an imperfect world, but we love Cameron Parish.”
Thirty-eighth judicial district judge, Penelope Richard is starting her third term.
“It’s been hard on everyone but we’re looking forward to 2021 being better especially for our community. Our rebuilding of our community. We just hope and pray that it’s better than 2020.”
Newly elected district attorney Tom Barrett is ready to get to work.
“It’s an exciting day for Cameron Parish, of course, exciting day for myself and my family and I’m just really excited to get started and anxious to help the people of Cameron Parish and start my job as District Attorney.”
He says despite all that 2020 brought, he’s ready to take care of business in 2021.
“We’re the attorney for the parish. We do more than just prosecute criminals. We represent the police jury and the school board and all the other boards of the parish so if they have any needs, any questions, we’ll be able to answer those questions.”
At the ceremony, the family of tax assessor-elect Darrell Williams was honored with a plaque.
Williams passed away in October last year before taking office.