MONROE -- The city of Monroe has a new interim city engineer.
On Monday, Mayor Jamie Mayo announced Kim Golden to fill the position.
Mayo said she's no stranger to Monroe -- Golden served as Mayo's executive administrative officer for three years, from May 2005 to July 2008. Many may remember her as a former Ouachita Parish Police Jury member and president, who represented District E.
"I think my experience with the police jury has given me an idea of how government works," said Golden.
In addition to being a a lawyer, she is also a licensed and certified professional engineer.
Golden has also served as the city engineer in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and as project engineer for International Paper Company. For years, she's been working on local community projects with organizations like Rays of Sunshine and Habitat for Humanity.
"When the mayor announced that his 2014 focus is on community outreach, that was like a telegraph to me that this is time to think about it. So, I'm really excited to be part of that focus as well," said Golden. "I'm a fanatic about accountability, that's going to be a signature of what else we bring."
Last year, Mayor Mayo accepted the resignation of Interim City Engineer Columbus "Buddy" Smith in May. No reason for the resignation was given.
Golden is a licensed engineer in Arkansas, and she is expected to obtain her engineering license to operate in Louisiana in the next few months.
"I think we've found a good engineer in our own backyard," said Mayor Mayo.
Once Golden's Louisiana engineering license is received, Mayor Mayo plans to submit final confirmation to city council to make her position official.
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