Newly appointed president of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Ryan “Leday” Williams is pictured here in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on the afternoon after being selected. He made history Monday night as he became the first African-American president of the police jury. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
As the gavel was passed from the outgoing president to the new, history was made as the Evangeline Parish Police Jury named its first African-American president.
“It feels pretty good to be able to just become the first African-American president, and it’s something I saw in the near future being that I served as the vice president under Mr. (Ryan) Ardoin for four years,” said Ryan “Leday” Williams on the day after he got selected.