Wayne Edwards Appointed as District A Councilman
Written by Daniel Davidson on April 23, 2020
**UPDATE 4/23/20 @ 3:45 PM** KBEF has learned that the appointment of a District A council member has been postponed by the state. Mayor Terry Gardner confirmed that the appointment has been postponed, but declined to comment any further.
In a letter dated yesterday, April 22, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Wayne Edwards to fill the vacant District A council seat.
“I received a letter this morning from Governor John Bel Edwards,” Mayor Gardner said. “He has appointed Wayne Edwards as our interim city council member for District A. I’m excited about the experience that Mr. Edwards brings to our city council at this time and I look forward to working with him on many of the city’s projects.”
The District A council seat has been vacant since Herbert “Tye” Taylor III announced his resignation in March. His official resignation date was March 30, 2020. A new appointment was supposed to be made at the regular April council meeting that was scheduled for April 6, 2020. The lack of attendance by council members Vincen Bradford and Terika Walker forced a lack of a quorum to hold the meeting. Louisiana Revised Statute 18:602 only allows 20 days for an appointment to be made. Since there was no meeting, therefore no appointment, the task of making the appointment went to the governor.