Inauguration Ceremony Held for the Parish President and Parish Council Members

Natchitoches’ incoming parish president, John Richmond, was sworn in by Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court David Stamey Monday, January 13, before a capacity crowd in the president’s room of the NSU student union. President Richmond was joined in being sworn in by new Parish Council member Jim Kilcoyne and returning member Chris Paige.

Retired NSU professor, Ben Barron, acted as the evening’s emcee while D’Nissa Hester sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Rev. Steven Harris offered the opening prayer. Outgoing parish president Rick Nowlin gave a few remarks about his tenure in office and thanked his wife and supporters. He was followed by Rev. Thomas Rush who offered a heartfelt prayer for our community.

After Rev. Rush’s prayer, council members Paige and Kilcoyne were sworn in followed by the swearing in of Parish President Richmond. Richmond then addressed the audience and thanked them for their support. Rev. Elbert Demery closed the evening’s events with a benediction.

  • Newly elected Council members Salter and Cheatwood along with returning member Ward-Hoover were sworn in at an earlier time.