Friday Ellis

Monroe Mayor Asks Citizens To Take COVID-19 Measures

Nov 19, 2020


We are seeing significant increases in positive COVID cases in our area, around our state and throughout the country. Hospitalizations are again at an all-time high, and many are still losing loved ones to this virus or lengthy hospital stays. The Monroe area is no exception.

Mayor Friday Ellis has appointed Michelli Martin as the City of Monroe’s new Communications Director. Martin, who is a familiar face to most area TV viewers, has served as an evening news anchor, reporter and producer for KTVE Channel 10 in Monroe and KTBS Channel 3 for the past nine years.

Zordan Named New Police Chief For City Of Monroe

Oct 19, 2020

A 27-year law enforcement veteran with strong ties to the Monroe area has been appointed the City of Monroe’s next Chief of Police. Mayor Friday Ellis appointed Victor “Vic” Zordan late Friday following a week of extensive interviews by the Mayor and a committee of top officials designated by the Mayor. Zordan was one of ten eligible candidates for the Chief of Police position.

Food Bank Hosts Disaster Relief Distributions

Sep 1, 2020
Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana will host food distributions to help people affected by Hurricane Laura in early September.

“Thousands of people lost all of the food in their refrigerators and freezers due to the power outages, and many of our neighbors don’t have the resources to purchase all new groceries,” said Jean Toth, Food Bank Executive Director. “We hope this will help them begin to restock.”

City of Monroe

Douglas A. (Doug) Seegers has been named the new Director of Community Affairs for the City of Monroe by Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis.

Seegers, who has more than 11 years of experience as Director of Parks, Recreation, and Special Events for the City of West Monroe’s facilities, also brings more than thirty years of experience in business, non-profit and municipal operations. He also served as Event Coordinator of the West Monroe Convention Center for five years.

The Monroe Police Department issued an arrest warrant for one of two officers involved in the alleged beating of a suspect in April 2020.

According to a statement from the City of Monroe, in June, Monroe Police received a complaint from Timothy Williams, alleging that excessive force was used against him during an arrest on April 21, 2020 by as many as eight Monroe police officers.

Monroe Picks Ellis

Jul 11, 2020
City of Monroe /

Monroe has a new mayor. Friday Ellis wins the election with 52% of the vote.

Unofficial Results Mayor -- City of Monroe Early & Absentee Reporting - 1 of 1 parishes Election Day Reporting - 42 of 42 precincts

759 L. Marie Brown (DEM)6%

6835 Friday Ellis (IND)52%

484 Fredrick Louis (DEM)4%

4987 "Jamie" Mayo (DEM)38%

52 Ronnie Scott (LBT)0%

Total: 13117 Unofficial Turnout: 41.0%

Monroe mayoral candidate Friday Ellis spoke about issues important to the City of Monroe. Election Day is July 11. 

KEDM / Cindy Barnes

The candidates running for mayor of Monroe faced off at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce / KEDM Meet The Candidates Forum. The event was held on February 10 at the Monroe Convention Center. A standing room only crowd was in attendance and the event was aired on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio. 

Monroe Business Owner Enters Mayor's Race

Nov 20, 2019
Amanda Myree Photography

Monroe Businessman Friday Ellis has announced he is entering the Monroe Mayoral race. 

Ellis, owner of local business Governor's Cigar and Pipe, said that he is entering the race because of his love for the city and sadness in seeing friends leave town.

"I have serious skin in the game. I have three kids and it is up to us to create the environment they need to stay here and be successful."

Ellis will be going on a listening tour for the next few weeks to learn what local communities want and need.