“Outgoing Mayor Demeza Delhomme swore in Rudy Laurent today as the new village trustee and deputy mayor.
Laurent will replace former trustee Vilair Fonvil, who was found guilty of corruption charges earlier this month, and so, lost his trustee seat.
“This is quite a beautiful present on this Thanksgiving period,” Laurent said after being sworn in at the Village Hall, where he was accompanied by his family.
Laurent had run in the last election on the mayor-elect’s ticket and lost.
“I will be a bridge, a liaison,” Laurent said. “Let’s move this village forward.”
Delhomme said his agenda has always been about the community, and appointing Laurent was in line with that agenda.
“We want the people to work together to get things done,” he said, calling young people the future of the community.
Laurent said the mayor-elect already has a special meeting in the works to fix things that need to be fixed.
Delhomme acknowledged Monday that Mayor-elect Alan Simon could over-rule his choice.
“If it is challenged someone in the court will have to decide,” Delhomme said Monday. “It’s my appointment all the way until I am no longer mayor.”
Simon will take office on Dec. 4. He said Wednesday that he is happy for Laurent and he may be a good choice for the village, but did not state whether he would appoint him.”
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