New mayor, council take office in Sorrento

Three recently elected Town Council members and a new mayor were sworn into office Tuesday before a packed crowd at Town Hall.

Former District Judge A.J. Kling administered the oaths of office to Mayor Mike Lambert and council members Wanda Bourgeois, Patti Poche and Don Schexnaydre, all elected April 13.

The four join Councilman Marvin Martin and former Mayor Pro Tem Randy Anny, both re-elected to their council seats.

Kling also administered the oath of office to Police Chief Earl Theriot, who will serve his fourth term.

After the ceremony, Kling offered some advice to the public officials.

“I would like to congratulate all of you and I would like to suggest and hope that this may be a new beginning for this community,” Kling said. “And I would also like to suggest and hope that all of your future discussions and discourse will be with decorum and with respect and that all of you will respect the views of your fellow councilmen and your mayor.

“And, most important of all, is that all of you will strive to do your best for this community,” Kling said.

Voters demanded change during last spring’s election, in part, due to years of discord among council members and a series of mayors who argued over town attorney’s fees, sewer repair bills and internal investigations into the town’s Police Department.

Lambert succeeds former Wilson Longanecker Jr. who declined to run for re-election as mayor and instead lost his bid for his former council seat.

Also ousted in the April 13 election were Councilmen John Wright and Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair as well as Councilman Jason Adams, who gave up his seat to run for mayor.

Councilmen Anny and Martin were re-elected.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Lambert shared some goals he hoped to achieve during his term. He said he hoped to “change the image of the town” and get Sorrento’s finances back in order.

“Lets make this town a better place to live, improve the quality of life,” Lambert said. “Let’s get the finances back in order. I want to try and instill some community pride. Let’s take some interest in Sorrento and get the citizens involved.”

Other business before the council included:

APPOINTMENTS: Council members unanimously voted to appoint Martin as mayor pro tem and re-appoint Town Clerk Paige Robert.

The Council also unanimously voted to appoint Matthew Percy, of Percy, Lanoux, Mumphrey & Martin, in Gonzales, as town attorney.