Arthur Perkins

Denham Springs Councilman Arthur Perkins

The Denham Springs City Council voted Tuesday to appoint a former longtime member to serve again on the council until a special election can be held to replace Chris Davis, who resigned at the end of March.

The City Council supported unanimously Mayor Gerard Landry's recommendation that Arthur L. Perkins Sr. be appointed to fill the council seat on an interim basis and voted to call a special election to be held Oct. 14.

Davis recently moved with his family to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after determining that was more feasible than rebuilding or replacing their flood-ravaged home in the city. Davis was in the third year of his second term.

Landry said he was honored to recommend Perkins, who had served the community for four decades as an educator, officer in the U.S. Army and as a longtime member of the City Council.

Perkins served on the City Council from 1974 to 2014, except for a single term in the early 1990s. He chose not to seek another term after 2014.

Landry said he had been disappointed to see Perkins retire from the council just as Landry was taking office as mayor.

"I had wanted to be able to serve with him. Well, I got you this time," Landry said to Perkins with a smile.

Qualifying for the council seat will be July 12-14.

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