MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - An Ark-La-Tex mayor is answering to a troubled past after being appointed as interim mayor Thursday.
Minden Interim Mayor Joe Cornelius kept a calm, cool, and collected manor as he answered questions about D-W-I, Aggravated Assault, and Simple Battery charges that he faced in 2012. Cornelius plead guilty to the D-W-I and as a result, the other charges were dismissed. Now, the new mayor is looking to the future, "my main plan is look to the future of Minden. My doors are open to everyone. I hope to meet with a whole lot of people, to help me do some things, some changes in Minden."
Milly Frizzelle is a Minden business owner, who has known Cornelius for many years. She says these charges come as a shock, "Yes, they do, most of that, I did not know at all but I just know he's always been very very kind to me."
However, Frizzelle says she won't pass judgement on someone's mistakes, "my heart is open and pure towards everyone I meet here in Minden. I hate controversy. I hate it so bad."
KSLA News 12 asked the mayor what he thinks about people bringing up his past mistakes, "those who have not sinned, let them be the first one's to cast that stone. That's quite enough of that. I think we've all had a problem, you know, the only perfect person that I know is Jesus."
The new mayor says that everyone makes mistakes and it's time to move on and look to the future rather than being stuck in the past, "let's move forward. Let's forget about that. Let's not look back. Let's look forward. Let's build Minden."