The Natchitoches community filled the downtown riverbank for the Inauguration Celebration of Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. on Sept. 4.
Ed Ward Junior likened Williams’ win during the recent election to a new progressive captain taking the helm of the oldest permanent settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase. A seaworthy vessel sailing on the ocean of municipal government.
This was a hard fought battle,” said Ward. “A courageous battle and we have won the victory.”
Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court David Stamey performed the ceremony. Before having Williams recite the oath of office, Stamey talked about what it means to do so.
“The next four years will not be easy. There will be tough days,” he said. “As all public officials know there’s not always good days. There’s tough days. He [Williams] got plenty of tough ones within his first week. Stamey was referring to the role Williams played in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, which hit Natchitoches in the early morning of Aug. 27, a short time after winning the election on Aug. 15.
Ronnie Williams Sr. introduced his son to the crowd as a great son, father, husband, pastor, brother, adding mayor to the list.
Williams started off by saying how grateful he is to have the honor to serve as Natchitoches’ mayor. He thanked Mayor Posey and others that came before for molding the City into what it is today.
“Natchitoches is great,” he said. “It will be my hope and goal to lead this city in a way that makes Natchitoches even greater.”