At a special meeting held Nov. 9, the remaining members of the Folsom Board of Aldermen appointed former Alderman George Garrett to fill out the term of Lance Willie, who resigned from the board and was appointed mayor last month.
Aldermen Jill Mathies and Paulette Lee tapped Garrett for the post, just as they appointed Willie to be mayor in October following the resignation of former Mayor Bettye Boggs. Mathies and Lee were required to name a replacement to serve out Willie’s term as alderman, which runs through Dec. 31, 2018.
Garrett, 58, was elected alderman in 2002, and served during the administration of Mayor Marshell Brumfield. He was re-elected in 2006, but was recalled from office along with fellow Aldermen Ronald Holliday and John Mathies (Jill Mathies' husband) in a 2007 special election that marked a time of political turmoil in the normally peaceful village.
Garrett is a Folsom native and is married with three grown children and two grandchildren. He is an area supervisor at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, where he has worked for almost 30 years. He is a member of Historic St. James Baptist Church in Madisonville.
Garrett said he did not seek the new appointment, but believes that Mathies and Lee had confidence that he could do the job.
Looking forward, Garrett said the village needs office holders who are “honest, fair people, who will be open-minded and do what’s right for the village.”
Asked if he will stand for re-election once his current term expires, Garrett would only say, “We’ll see.”