Port Allen Police Chief Ken Bates, who lost re-election Nov. 7 to 15-year veteran of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Esdron Brown, informed the Port Allen City Council at the Nov. 14 council meeting of his desire to continue working for the Port Allen Police Department as of Jan. 1, 2013, when the newly elected police chief takes office.
Esdron Brown, Port Allen’s new Chief of Police beginning in January 2013 said Friday that he envisions the Port Allen Police Department vaulting up to being the number one department in the state of Louisiana.
“My vision is for us to be the number 1 police department in the state of Louisiana,” he boldly stated.
He said that the state evaluates, yearly, what departments are the top in the state based on pay scale, training, crime, etc.
Port Allen bar owners say they are feeling the heat since East Baton Rouge Parish relaxed its blue laws last month.
On Weds. Oct. 24, the EBR Parish Metro Council voted to allow bars in EBR to open on Sundays and stay open until midnight.
On Tues. Oct. 30, EBR Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden signed the new alcohol ordinance into law, allowing bars in EBR to open that Sunday, Nov. 4.
*Editor’s note: The West Side Journal newspaper prints each Tuesday, therefore election results, which were announced late night Tuesday, November 6, were not yet released at the time of deadline.
It was announced Tuesday night, November 6, that U.S. Presidential Barack Obama would return to the White House for another four years, as he declared victory on stage in Chicago shortly after his opponent Mitt Romney conceded.
Members of the West Baton Rouge Parish Fire Protection Sub District #2 voted unanimously to hire a lobbyist to help promote state legislation concerning the sales tax distribution among the parish’s fire districts. The vote, which adjusted the budget by $15,000 to allow Brusly Mayor, and Fire Sub District #2 CEO, Joey Normand to hire the attorney, or lobbyist, was held Monday evening during a special meeting, which took place before the town of Brusly’s regular meeting.