Ferriday officials take office today

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 1, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. — Glen McGlothin, Ferriday’s mayor from 1988 to 1996, will return the town’s highest post at 10 a.m. today, when he and five town council members are sworn in during a ceremony at town hall.

&uot;I’m excited,&uot; McGlothin said Friday, who will be sworn in by Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber. &uot;I’m ready to get this administration up and running.&uot;

&uot;I&160;want to wish the incoming administration the best of luck,&uot;&160;said Mayor Odeal Montgomery, adding she still plans to be active in the community. In addition, councilmen Mitch Ashmore and Jerome Harris Sr. will be sworn in for the first time, and incumbents Sammy Davis Jr., Dorothy Johnson and Mayor Pro-Tem Billy Rucker will return to the council.

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And they will not waste any time getting down to business. Following the ceremony, which is expected to last about 10 minutes, the council will hold a special meeting to appoint the town’s department heads.

Bobby Sheppard is expected to be appointed as the town’s police chief, while Steve Cockerham will serve as assistant chief. Charles Lincecum, formerly of Concordia Electric and Centennial Wireless, will be recommended as town clerk.

Antonie Duncan and Derrick Wilson are expected to return as the town’s street and water supervisors, respectively.

On Friday afternoon, McGlothin would still not divulge who would serve as the town’s sewer supervisor — or whether Fire Chief Herman Smith would return. &uot;I&160;plan to meet with all department heads on Monday, and then meet with all town employees,&uot;&160;McGlothins said.

He added that a meeting of all police department employees was scheduled for 12:01 a.m. today to allow Sheppard to get acquainted with employees. &uot;That’s traditionally how it’s done,&uot;&160;McGlothin said.

No widespread layoffs are planned, although a couple may be in the works for the next several days, he added. For his part, McGlothin said he plans to be at town hall probably three days a week — &uot;from 8 until close, or from can ’til can’t&uot; — and work at the barber shop he owns twice a week.