WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - David Garcia must turn in his fire chief badge, because he just got a promotion. Garcia defeated Robert Hincks by a wide margin to become Waveland's next mayor. The final tally shows Garcia with 1,006 votes to Hincks 141 votes.
The 52 year old Garcia has worked for the city since 1974. Now, he's in charge of the city. "Throughout my campaign I've been hearing nothing but problems with the police department to be honest with you in the police department," he said after winning Tuesday's election. "We've got problems were going to address I've spoken to the police chief briefly about it the problems the bottom line he's going to have an opportunity to clean the problems up or I'm going to have to clean them up for him. I've been working late in the evening doing in office memos to my department heads so when I have a staff meeting with them next week we will be passing out these memos on how to improve the services to the citizens of Waveland."
Garcia will be sworn in tomorrow. He replaces three term mayor Tommy Longo, who lost to Garcia in the primary election.
All four seats on the city's board of alderman were also up for grabs on Tuesday. In Ward one independent candidate LiLi Stahler will keep her seat, easily winning re-election.
The incumbent also was victorious in Ward Two. Democrat Ricky Geoffrey defeated Gary Catalano.
In the city's ward three, democrat Shane LaFontaine is the winner, getting 187 votes.
And in Ward four, democrat Mark Kidd won that seat.
The winners will sworn in Wednesday afternoon at two at the Waveland Civic Center.
By the way, Garcia has resigned his post as fire chief and says he will appoint his assistant chief Mike Smith as Chief of the Department.