Lt. Melvin "Magic" Crockett Day Proclaimed
"Rooted in History"
On Friday, August 28th, the City of Covington celebrated Lt. Melvin "Magic" Crockett Day. Surrounded by members of the Covington Police Department, friends and family, Magic was recognized for his 33 years of service both on the Force and for his dedication to the youth of our community. During those decades, he served as Patrol, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Supervisor for Patrol, in the Street Crimes division and for many years as a School Resource Officer. 
Per Mayor Mark, "This is an important day not only for Lt. Crockett, not only for the Covington PD but also for our citizens because ... Magic embodies what it means to be Covington, what it means to serve and protect ... and what it means to be a public servant."
CovPD presented his wife, Tawanna, with flowers and him with a plaque inscribed "courage, integrity and dedication to duty."

It was a bittersweet day as Magic answered the radio call "10 - 7" for the last time.
Covington Police Department
"Focused on the Future"
Actions taken for the Covington Police Department by the City Council, Police Chief Stephen Culotta and Mayor Mark have laid the foundation for a bright future. Long known to be the lowest paid police officers in St. Tammany, woefully understaffed (only 13 of 23 positions filled with zero prospects) and a terrible turnover rate, Mayor Mark requested of the Council a $4,000 per year per officer pay increase. With wide support from the community, the Council voted unanimously in August for the raise.
Additionally, Mayor Mark worked with Chief Culotta to eliminate the outdated Physical Training Test (which prevented experienced officers from applying with Cov PD) with today's standard - the Fit for Duty examination.

The Result: Thus far in September we have received 39 new applications for the Cov PD. That is more than in the past several years. Fourteen of the applicants are already "post certified" - meaning we are now attracting experienced officers rather than losing them.
This is a very good thing.
Lt. Joseph “Trey” Mahon promoted to Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Mahon has devoted his life to public service, starting as a Junior Firefighter with the Covington Fire Department at the age of 13. In 2002, he was hired full time with the fire department and became a Reserve Police Officer with the CovPD. In 2007, Mahon was hired full time.
Since then, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Street Crimes Officer, Administrative Sergeant, Public Information officer, and most recently, the commander over the Criminal Investigations Division. He is also a member of the Secret Service Task Force.
Patrol Officer Laura Aucoin has been promoted to the rank Sergeant. Sergeant Aucoin will serve in our Criminal Patrol Division.
Sergeant David Woodruff has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Woodruff will be in charge of Shift #2 in the Criminal Patrol Division.
CovPD in Support of
Hurricane Laura Relief
The Covington Police Department and the Folsom Police Department joined forces to help in the Lake Charles area after the devastating Hurricane Laura.
Sergeant Patrick Sanders of CPD and Sergeant Jeremy Hutchinson of FPD, rounded up supplies and goods for Lake Charles Police Department and Lake Charles Fire Department. Covington's Fire Department also provided manpower on site as needed.
Community Calendar
Shhhh. The secret is out. The City finally has a new website. Big thank you to outgoing Mayor and Parish President Mike Cooper for allowing the incoming administration the opportunity to replace the old site. It's pleasant, user-friendly, functional and informative. To keep up with and / or sign up for events such as Roux-ga-Roux, Morning with Mayor Mark,
Zumba with the Mayor or Sunset at the Landing concerts, check out the Community Calendar : )

Let's Dine Out!

Gone, but not forgotten.
There is no Forest Steak House nor Depot Restaurant, but there is still Benedict's Plantation!
There is no Beau Amis Ladies Night nor the Ground Floor Restaurant at the Southern Hotel. Café Rani on Vermont Street is now Coffee Rani on Lee Lane. Congratulations on 30 years in Covington!!
Tell Ralph the Mayor recommends the $3.95 Daily Lunch Special ; )
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