St. Landry

Nov 3, 2010 7:11 PM by Shawn Kline

Eunice overhauls government offices

The zydeco, still rolling outside Dee's Cajun Gifts and Music in downtown Eunice: playing the same music for the last 15 years; but the city changed overnight.
"These people are gonna hit the road running." Fred Charlie says, "(they are) ready to work and put forward some type of change."
Fred Charlie helped open this shop more than a decade ago. The music, the gifts, all with a local connection. That's why a local election means so much to this town.
"This city has always been united," Charlie said. "It's never been torn apart the way it's been torn apart in the last few years."
"I think a change really is needed." Kyndrell Frank said.
Frank sees a new hope after this election- voters came together and overwhelmingly chose a new mayor and police chief.
"It's time for a fresh start." Frank says, "and hopefully they'll do what they say they're going to do."
"I think that shows that people want somebody who can reunite this city," Frank said.
Mayor-elect Claud "Rusty" Moody and the next Police Chief, Ronald Dies.
Moody grabbed nearly 70-percent of the vote for mayor while Dies walked away with a little over half in a race that pitted two newcomers against each other.
The city will also see new faces in city council come January.
With an all new cast of characters leading the City of Eunice, what can voters expect to see?
Ronald Dies says he recognizes a drug problem in the city and he wants to work with surrounding police agencies to keep the streets of Eunice drug free.
Mayor-elect Rusty Moody says he's going to instate an 'open-door' policy- pushing city leaders to listen to the community and what people have to say.
Both Dies and Moody tell us the most important part of their plan is communication.

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