January 8, 2021

History was made Friday when Reggie Thomas, the first Black city-wide elected official, was sworn in as Lafayette City Marshal.

Thomas took his oath, with his wife and daughter by his side, at the Heymann Center in front of a socially distanced crowd. Thomas was elected to the position in December after winning in a run-off against Duson Police Chief Kip Judice, who was at the ceremony.

“We’ll do things that have never been done in a city marshal’s office,” he said. “One of the things that I need to do is change the image of the city marshal’s office. I believe that comes from leadership. I believe that’s my job to do.”

“My marshals will be well trained, we will respect the public and work in the community,” he added.

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