In just the first week of the new year, the town of Addis has made history with the hiring of the town’s first female police officer and the installment of the town’s first female council member.
New Addis Mayor David Toups said that he is excited about what the future may hold for the town. Toups is in his first term as mayor.
During the town’s December 2012 meeting, the council decided to hire the first female officer for the police department.
Shellie Moranto, who spent more than 12 years employed with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, began her employment with the Addis P.D. Monday, January 7.
A lifetime resident of Port Allen, Moranto had always wanted to be at a smaller police department and be closer to home, according to Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson.
“She fits right in. She’s got a good mindset. She’s ready to go work,” Anderson said. “She’s been a personal friend to a bunch of (the police officers) on this department. It wasn’t like a stranger coming in, because she’s been a local person.”
Rhonda Kelley became Addis’ first female council member. She and Tate Acosta saw their first bit of action as council members Wednesday evening, January 2, during the first Addis Town Hall meeting of the year.
“This is both of their first chance at being elected officials,” said Mayor David Toups. “I think they’re going to be a voice for the people.”
According to Toups, Kelley’s father, Jeff LeBlanc, was a past town council member for the town of Addis.
Toups said the town’s regular meeting was a “typical beginning of the year meeting,” as he, the council and police chief were read their duties and responsibilities as elected officials.
“I think I can speak for the mayor, the council and the chief of police in saying that we’ll be working together to make sure the citizens of Addis have all their needs met,” Toups said. “We will look out for their best interest.”
In other business, the council voted for council member “Rusty” Parrish to hold the office of Mayor Pro-Temp.
The council also spoke, generally, about their five-year plan.
“In the next five years these are some of the items that we may want to work on and try to prioritize them,” said Toups. “And the ones that are more important – we want to try to move them up and do them in the short term.”