By Alton Mitchell
It was all smiles on Monday evening as LaFayette’s new city council members were sworn in. New faces and few rollover ones now grace the halls of LaFayette’s City Hall for city council members.
The evening started at 6:00 as District Judge Calvin Milford led a packed out City Hall in an Invocation. The invocation Judge Milford led was one that filled the room with vision and a hope of a positive future as LaFayette’s new leadership looks ahead at great things to come.
District Judge Milford stood in front of the council bench and called each member of the city council up one by one. As the elected officials approached Judge Milford they stood and placed a hand on the bible while repeating and swearing in their oath of office and to the service of LaFayette and its citizens.
First to be sworn in was Mayor Barry Moody. Mayor Moody was re-elected in an October runoff. Following the swearing in of Mayor Moody was new city councilman Neil McCurdy who will represent District A of LaFayette. Following councilman McCurdy was newly elected Councilman Matthew K. Hurst who will serve the residents of District B. Toney Thomas was up next in line. He is the councilman for residents of District C.
The council members for District D and District E were returning names. Michael C. Ellis ran unopposed and was able to regain his seat as council member for District D. Councilwoman Tammie B. Williams was re-elected by members of District E to be their voice on the city council.
All the newly elected and re-elected members of the LaFayette city council are now sworn in and serving their residents of their
districts. Mayor Moody delivered a very moving speech before the audience in the packed out City Hall. Mayor Moody showed his enthusiasm about working with the new council members for the next four years, but also mentioned the great works that have occurred in LaFayette since the 2012 election. Mayor Moody also summed up things stating that LaFayette is bigger than him or any of the members of the city council. It was here before them and will be here after them, but for this small piece of history occurring now they are the ones who hold the torch to help move LaFayette forward.
Shortly after their swearing in the new council members approved their first order of business by approving Ordinance Number 443. Which is the first reading orders of procedures for council meetings. Those approved procedures will give orders of procedure to the new council members through 2020.