Minden Press-Herald

Sep 21st

Too many chiefs?

Cotton Valley fire board appoints interim chief while embattled chief still serves

Ending a series of procedural difficulties, Cotton Valley Fire Protection District 8 board flexed their collective muscle by appointing an interim fire chief regardless of the fact the existing chief has not gone away ... at least not yet.

Michael Pyles, who was FPD 8 fire chief prior to existing chief Dennis Meshell, was the board's choice. Pyles is the son of FPD 8 board police jury appointee Robert Pyles who resigned prior to the meeting citing "unforeseen work schedules," avoiding falling afoul of state laws against nepotism.

After the interim appointment, Meshell asked Webster Parish assistant District Attorney Patrick Jackson who had what power in the situation.

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