Nomination of a New Police Chief
Unanimously Approved by Council
Mike Ferrell 
Mike Ferrell is a twenty-eight year veteran of the Law Enforcement arena, with a history of promotions leading progressively to positions of more responsibility. 
In 2011, he was chosen to attend the FBI National Academy to represent the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

He has:

·      Extensive training in many areas of Law Enforcement including, but not limited to, Investigations, Narcotics, Tactical, Hostage Rescue, Firearms and SWAT Management. 
·      Extensive instructor certifications including Police Sniper, Taser, Explosive Handler, Clandestine Lab Site Safety Officer, Glock and Colt M-4 Armorer. 
An uninterrupted work history in the field of Law Enforcement for twenty-eight years. 

·      In 2017, he was chosen to represent the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in the Leadership St. Tammany Class. This is where I came to know Mike Ferrell as a Policeman’s Policeman and as a hardworking and dedicated professional with Leadership qualities.

After working at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for several years, Chief Ferrell began working at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he worked in the Criminal Patrol Division, Street Crimes/Narcotics, SWAT, served as the District 3 Commander and served as a Deputy Chief in Administration.

·      Medal of Valor, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 2004
·      Medal of Merit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 2000
·      Medal of Merit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 1999
·      Medal of Merit, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, 1996

For the sake of time, I’m not going to list all 26 of his Training Certificates.
Mike Ferrell comes highly recommened:
Without offering any names, I asked Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker who he would choose as a Chief. His answer was Mike Ferrell.

Assistant DA Head of Criminal Division Colin Sims endorses Mike.

Fire Chief Gary Blocker attended Leadership St. Tammany with Mike and endorses the appointment: “For many years, I have gotten to know Michael Ferrell on both a professional and personal level. He has always demonstrated professionalism, responsibility and dedication to the service. I know he will be an asset to this great leadership team that this city has. He will bring his leadership philosophy and professionalism to the Covington Police Department, making it the best police department it can be.”
Former Mandeville PD Chief Rick Richard sent me this note:
"Mark - just a quick note to say that you made an excellent choice in Mike Ferrell for your Chief of Police. I observed Mike firsthand during my tenure as Chief in Mandeville and I can attest that he certainly has the leadership qualities you desire and he possesses. Congratulations and I look forward to great things." 
ADA and Chief Investigator Vincent  Saltaformaggio wrote, “As Chief Investigator who has worked in law enforcement on a parish, state and international level over the past forty-one years as a LA State Trooper, DEA special agent and now as DA Chief Investigator, Michael Ferrell has my highest recommendation for this position. I have no doubt he will be an outstanding addition to your team.”

One member of the Sheriff’s Department told me, “Mayor, you nailed it. Mike Ferrell is the right person for Covington at this time.” 

Sargent Brett Miller of the Covington Police Department  wrote, "On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43 and as a representative of the men and women of the Covington Police Department, I would like to applaud you on your decision to appoint Michael Ferrell as the new Chief of Police for the City of Covington …
The men and women of the Covington Police Department fully stand behind your decision to appoint Ferrell and we all look forward to the accomplishments our agency can conquer under his leadership.”

I spoke to District Attorney Warren Montgomery. He offered and subsequently sent a letter of recommendation. In it, he states that, “Mr. Ferrell served with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office and engaged with my staff in a positive manner. His performance at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and interaction with my staff ultimately resulted in my hiring Mr. Ferrell as one of my felony investigators. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Ferrell demonstrated his aptitude for the job by balancing a high caseload of several felony divisions of court, each having hundreds of defendants pending trial. The experience that Mr. Ferrell received by being a felony investigator will be an advantage to the City of Covington as Chief of the Police Department. 

Mr. Montgomery went on to write: “I hate to lose a good employee, but I look forward to working with Mr. Ferrell.”

It is important, very important, to note that none of these endorsements were solicited.

With all of this in mind, as the Mayor and per the City Charter, I hereby appoint Mike Ferrell as the City of Covington’s new Police Chief and respectfully request that the Council confirm this selection.

Subsequently, Chief Ferrell was unanimously approved by the City Council.
Columbia Street Block Party
Friday, June 25th, 6 - 9:00pm
Successful Juneteenth Celebration
Kudos to Councilman Peter Lewis for putting together an outstanding celebration of Juneteenth.
Zumba with the Mayor
"If you're moving, you're doing it right"
Sunday, July 11th at noon
Bogue Falaya Hall

Why Zumba? Because everyone's body shape is different, everyone's rhythm is different ... so you're not supposed to look like anyone else.

You're supposed to look like you.

Well, That's Nice
(Another Gun Off the Streets)
Resisting an Officer - W. 31st @ N. Tyler.- While conducting proactive patrols, CID got out with XXXXXX XXXXX, who fled on foot. Following a short foot pursuit, XXXXX was arrested and charged with violating Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:100.1 – Obstructing Public Passages, 14:108 – Resisting an Officer, 40:966 – Possession of Schedule I (marijuana), 40:967 – Possession of Schedule II (Oxycodone), 14:95E – Illegal Carrying of Weapons, and 14:130.1 – Obstruction of Justice.

Litter, Not so Nice

Litter is a problem that has plagued our community for decades. As Mayor, I have discovered that we do not have the resources nor the manpower to pick up all of the litter that gets tossed on to our roadways. No, jail trustees are not the answer. Fewer people littering is the answer.

Big thanks to those residents who have "adopted" their block, their ditches and their catch basins to keep clean. Bag it and put it out with your Wednesday trash for pick-up.

Leaves and grass clippings blown into our ditches are a detriment to our drainage system and considered a form of "litter". They too, should be bagged and placed curbside for Wednesday pick-up.

Violations of blowing leaves in the ditch:
Ask the perpetrator nicely to stop OR report to Code Enforcement.
No Golf Carts in the Park for this Event.
Hidden Critter Playground
Menetre Park Rededication
The new all-abilities access playground was begun during the Mike Cooper administration and completed under mine. President Cooper and I both will be slicing the ribbon to officially open it.

Spread throughout the play area are several inanimate creatures "hidden" for you and the kiddos to "discover" : )
Emile Menetre served as Mayor of Covington from 1945 to 1965, governing during the post WWII boom. We will be rededicating the 4th Avenue boat launch / park to Mayor Menetre.

We are very honored to have some of the Menetre family with us for this event. Good Stuff.
#3 Son has a #1 Son

Our son Evan and his wife Jenny recently had a baby boy ... our fourth grandchild and first grandson.

His name: Davis Debellevue Johnson. Davis from Jenny's side of the family, Debellevue being Karen's mom's maiden name.
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Recycling reminder … no glass, no plastic bags : )
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