City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Government

City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Government Located in the heart of Louisiana, Alexandria is quickly emerging as one of the nation's best places to start a business, raise a family, and explore the great outdoors.

Alexandria is situated on the banks of the Red River. Our city offers plenty of amenities including boating, skiing, fishing, camping, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities. We also boast an acclaimed zoo, world-class golf courses, historic homes, Kistachie National Forest, great shopping and entertainment. If you are looking for a great place that feels like home while you visit our state, Alexandria is the place to be. As we like to say, "You can see Louisiana from here." Our city is within two hours of Shreveport and Baton Rouge, a little over three hours from New Orleans, and less than an hour from historic Natchitoches along the Cane River. A visit to historic Natchez, Miss., just across the great Mississippi River, is only 90 minutes away as well.

Mission: Alexandria is the heart of the state and the hub of activity for Central Louisiana. Here, we enjoy the warmth and community of small town life with all the benefits of big city living.

Assistant Chief of Police Farrell Gaspard has been named acting police chief by Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. Alexan...
01/05/2020
Farrell Gaspard Designated Acting Police Chief

Assistant Chief of Police Farrell Gaspard has been named acting police chief by Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King is currently on administrative leave.

Gaspard is a 32-year veteran with the Alexandria Police Department. In his role as assistant police chief, Gaspard works with the Police Chief on short- and long-range planning of departmental programs and activities, research and development of departmental policies and in preparing the departmental budget.

“Having worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a patrol officer and then serving with the DWI unit, detectives and in records, as well as coming from a police family, I believe Chief Gaspard has a thorough understanding of the department as well as the needs of our community,” said Mayor Hall. “I believe he will do an outstanding job in this role.”

A native of Mansura, Gaspard began his career with APD in 1988, but his interest in police work goes back much farther. “My father was a police chief in a small town, so I was raised in that field,” Gaspard said. Gaspard worked part-time with the Mansura Police Department while he was in school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana Lafayette in 1984.

He started full-time with Mansura after graduation before joining the Alexandria Police Department as a patrolman in 1988. “I’ve actually worked every rank as I’ve moved up in my career,” Gaspard noted. He was a line office for most of his career before moving into administration in 2014 when he earned the rank of lieutenant and was named the Assistant Uniform Division Commander. From there he was promoted to Captain and named Uniform Division Commander, the largest division of the department, where he supervised line officers, DWI, traffic officers and community police officers.

Alexandria, La. (Jan. 5, 2020) —Assistant Chief of Police Farrell Gaspard has been named acting police chief by Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King is currently on administrative leave. Gaspard is a 32-year veteran with the Alexandria Police Department. In his rol...

Alexandria native and Holy Savior Menard graduate Nicole Collins has brought the cast and crew for her new film “Materna...
01/04/2020

Alexandria native and Holy Savior Menard graduate Nicole Collins has brought the cast and crew for her new film “Maternally Yours” to Alexandria. Most of the cast and crew members are from Louisiana, and the story about the shifting relationship between a daughter and her mother is set in Alexandria. The crew filmed Saturday at Pamela’s Bayou in a Bowl restaurant for a birthday party scene. Later that day the crew moved to the campus of LSU of Alexandria where a dorm room was used as an apartment. Other local scenes used in the filming include Tamp & Grind and City Park. The film is planned as a web series and no release date has been set.

Alexandria native and Holy Savior Menard graduate Nicole Collins has brought the cast and crew for her new film “Maternally Yours” to Alexandria. Most of the cast and crew members are from Louisiana, and the story about the shifting relationship between a daughter and her mother is set in Alexandria. The crew filmed Saturday at Pamela’s Bayou in a Bowl restaurant for a birthday party scene. Later that day the crew moved to the campus of LSU of Alexandria where a dorm room was used as an apartment. Other local scenes used in the filming include Tamp & Grind and City Park. The film is planned as a web series and no release date has been set.

Arts Council of Central Louisiana
01/03/2020

Arts Council of Central Louisiana

Join the Alexandria Museum of Art tomorrow at 1:00 PM for A Legacy of Honor and Valor!

01/03/2020

There will be a road closure from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 2021 Texas Ave..

The Alexandria Utility Systems Water Department will be doing repairs.

Drivers please use caution and allow extra time for your commute.

Alexandria Police officers received a report of an explosion at 10:04 a.m. Thursday morning at a business in the 0-99 bl...
01/03/2020
Update Regarding Thursday explosion near MacArthur Drive

Alexandria Police officers received a report of an explosion at 10:04 a.m. Thursday morning at a business in the 0-99 block of MacArthur Drive. Officers arrived at the scene at 10:08 a.m. and learned that a small explosion had taken place outside the former Buds n’ Suds business at MacArthur Drive and Hynson Street. No one was injured by the explosion, which was later determined to be an improvised explosive device that had been placed inside a large trash can outside Buds n’ Suds.

In addition to APD officers, members of the Alexandria Fire Department, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived on scene to assist with securing the area and conducting a sweep to confirm no other devices were a threat to the public. The investigation, conducted by APD, FBI and ATF agents, determined the device was used in an attempt to extort money from a nearby business, which failed.

“We are grateful to the men and women of the joint task force and each of the agencies that came together to address this incident,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “APD was quick to respond, and we appreciate the swift support we received from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, State Police, the FBI and ATF and everyone who helped investigate. This is a wonderful example of how multiple agencies – local, state and federal – can quickly and effectively come together to ensure the safety of our community. Fortunately, this appears to be an isolated incident and nobody was injured. On behalf of all of the citizens of Alexandria, I want to say thank you to each of those agencies. It’s good to know they are there for us when we need them, and we truly appreciate the support.”

Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King added, “I want to stress to the public that this is an isolated incident, and there is no indication there is a continuing threat to the public. I thank all of our officers at APD, as well as all of our partners who responded to the scene and have been a part of this investigation, including the FBI and ATF, State Police, Rapides Sheriff’s Office and AFD. This investigation is progressing thanks in large part to the inter-agency cooperation that we rely on here in Central Louisiana.

“In response to requests for additional information about the device and the crime that took place, we hope the public understands we cannot provide these details during an active investigation. Our duty, in addition to public safety, is to identify the person or persons responsible and not only make an arrest but ensure successful prosecution of those arrested. This is why we ask — not only in this case, but in all major crimes — that people avoid sharing details about the crime in this early stage of the investigation.”

Detectives and investigators from multiple agencies are still conducting their investigation.

Alexandria, La. (Jan. 3, 2020) —Alexandria Police officers received a report of an explosion at 10:04 a.m. Thursday morning at a business in the 0-99 block of MacArthur Drive. Officers arrived at the scene at 10:08 a.m. and learned that a small explosion had taken place outside the former Buds n.....

Looking for a fun activity today?
01/03/2020

Looking for a fun activity today?

Head into the African Experience for today's 2 pm Lion Keeper Chat. 🦁

Community Development Administrator, Shirley Branham, (center) attended the National Brownfields Conference in Los Angel...
01/02/2020

Community Development Administrator, Shirley Branham, (center) attended the National Brownfields Conference in Los Angeles, California. The conference focused on practices and procedures to repurpose and redevelop land previously used for commercial or industrial purposes that were the former locations of gas stations, dry cleaners, etc. The Administration is attempting to secure grants for clean up to put this land back into public and/or private use.

Have a safe and happy New Year!
01/01/2020

Have a safe and happy New Year!

12/31/2019

There has been an emergency road closure that began at 1 p.m. today and will end at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at the intersection of Xavier and Main streets.

The Alexandria Utility Systems Wastewater Department is making an emergency repair .

Drivers please use caution and allow extra time for your commute.

#Reminder The City of Alexandria Customer Service Office, The Alexandria Zoo, City Hall and other city offices and depar...
12/31/2019

#Reminder The City of Alexandria Customer Service Office, The Alexandria Zoo, City Hall and other city offices and departments will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year holiday.

ATRANS bus service will operate from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31). Bus service will be closed on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020). Regular bus service will resume operation on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Sanitation schedule will run as follows:
• Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020– closed
• Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 – regular pickup
• Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 – regular pickup

To accommodate for the garbage that accumulates during the holiday closure, there will be trailers placed at the following locations from the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 31, to the morning of Thursday, Jan. 2 2020:
• Rapides Academy (4645 Lincoln Road)
• Bringhurst Ball Field (Masonic Drive)
• Frank O Hunter Park (Willow Glen River Road)
• Bolton Avenue Community Center (315 Bolton Ave.)
• Parking lot behind Smackin Mack’s (1707 Metro Drive)
• Martin Park 911 Center (4216 Ellis St.)
• Willow Glen River Road and Third Street (across from 3812 Third St.)

#Reminder The City of Alexandria Customer Service Office, The Alexandria Zoo, City Hall and other city offices and departments will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year holiday.

ATRANS bus service will operate from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31). Bus service will be closed on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020). Regular bus service will resume operation on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Sanitation schedule will run as follows:
• Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020– closed
• Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 – regular pickup
• Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 – regular pickup

To accommodate for the garbage that accumulates during the holiday closure, there will be trailers placed at the following locations from the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 31, to the morning of Thursday, Jan. 2 2020:
• Rapides Academy (4645 Lincoln Road)
• Bringhurst Ball Field (Masonic Drive)
• Frank O Hunter Park (Willow Glen River Road)
• Bolton Avenue Community Center (315 Bolton Ave.)
• Parking lot behind Smackin Mack’s (1707 Metro Drive)
• Martin Park 911 Center (4216 Ellis St.)
• Willow Glen River Road and Third Street (across from 3812 Third St.)

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!
12/31/2019

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Alexandria, La Police Department
12/30/2019

Alexandria, La Police Department

As New Year's Eve and New Year's Day approach, we want to remind everyone of a few safety issues.

1. Shooting fireworks is illegal inside the city, and bothers many of your neighbors and their pets. Please be courteous and do not shoot fireworks in Alexandria. We won't catch everyone, but we might catch you, and you risk confiscation and a hefty fine.

2. Firing guns into the air in celebration is illegal and dangerous (what goes up must come down). NEVER discharge a firearm to celebrate any holiday - you will be subject to arrest.

3. Don't drink and drive. Plan ahead with a designated driver or make arrangements to stay with someone if you're drinking. You not only risk being arrested when you drive drunk, you're risking your life and the lives of everyone else on the road.

We hope everyone has a safe & happy New Year's Holiday this week. APD officers will be diligently patrolling throughout the holiday.

The City of Alexandria Customer Service Office, The Alexandria Zoo, City Hall and other city offices and departments wil...
12/26/2019
City Offices Closed New Year’s Day

The City of Alexandria Customer Service Office, The Alexandria Zoo, City Hall and other city offices and departments will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year holiday.

Additionally, the Alexandria Zoo closed at 3 p.m. today but will reopen at 5:30 p.m. for Holiday Light Safari. The zoo will also close at 3 p.m. and reopen at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, for the final weekend of Holiday Light Safari.

ATRANS bus service will operate from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31). Bus service will be closed on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020). Regular bus service will resume operation on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

The Christmas week sanitation schedule will run as follows:
• Monday, Dec. 30 – regular pickup
• Tuesday, Dec. 31 – regular pickup
• Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020– closed
• Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 – regular pickup
• Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 – regular pickup

To accommodate for the garbage that accumulates during the holiday closure, there will be trailers placed at the following locations from the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 31, to the morning of Thursday, Jan. 2 2020:
• Rapides Academy (4645 Lincoln Road)
• Bringhurst Ball Field (Masonic Drive)
• Frank O Hunter Park (Willow Glen River Road)
• Bolton Avenue Community Center (315 Bolton Ave.)
• Parking lot behind Smackin Mack’s (1707 Metro Drive)
• Martin Park 911 Center (4216 Ellis St.)
• Willow Glen River Road and Third Street (across from 3812 Third St.)

Alexandria, La. (Dec. 26, 2019)—The City of Alexandria Customer Service Office, The Alexandria Zoo, City Hall and other city offices and departments will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year holiday. Additionally, the Alexandria Zoo closed at 3 p.m. today but will re...

Merry Christmas from the City of Alexandria family to yours.
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from the City of Alexandria family to yours.

Soon a new crosswalk system will become operational on Masonic Drive. It is the first of its kind to be used in Alexandr...
12/24/2019
New Pedestrian Crosswalk Will Begin Operation Jan. 6

Soon a new crosswalk system will become operational on Masonic Drive. It is the first of its kind to be used in Alexandria.

“Masonic Drive is a busy four-lane corridor with youth activities, the hospital and shopping. Keeping pedestrians safe here and throughout the city is a top priority,” said Mayor Jeff W. Hall.

The HAWK (High intensity Activated cross WalK) pedestrian crossing system is currently installed across Masonic Drive near City Park. This system will become active on Jan. 6, 2020. The new crossing system is less costly than a full traffic signal and allows traffic to continue flowing.
The vehicle signals in the system go black when the system is not in use, and it is activated only after a pedestrian pushes the button. The system features a unique double red signal display above a single yellow display to get motorists’ attention.

The signal works like other push-button activated traffic signals for the pedestrian by stopping traffic with a red signal and allowing pedestrians to cross with a WALK signal.
State law requires motorists to legally stop and give the right of way to pedestrians within crosswalks. However, research has shown that on busy, high traffic roadways, only about one in four drivers are willing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Click the link below for more information.

12/23/2019
Alexandria Zoological Park

Alexandria Zoological Park

Alexandria Zoo will be open from 9 am until noon on Tuesday, December 24. The Zoo will be closed Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday, December 25 for the holiday. The zoo will reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 9 am.

The United Way of Central Louisiana is offering a variety of support services for residents in need of assistance from t...
12/23/2019
United Way of Central Louisiana

The United Way of Central Louisiana is offering a variety of support services for residents in need of assistance from the Dec. 16 tornado. For help, call 211.

Additional resources for those impacted by the tornado include:

-- If you have a large in-kind donation such as furniture, appliances, or household goods, call (318) 490-0095. Donors will then be contacted when a family is found with that need.

-- If you wish to donate to support disaster recovery, please visit https://www.uwcl.org/. 100 percent of donations will go to support disaster recovery in central Louisiana.

After first response... after the cleanup... many families will have needs not answered by insurance or assistance. Work with us for long-term recovery: give to the United Way Tornado Recovery Fund. www.uwcl.org.

The City of Alexandria, along with Gov. John Bel Edwards, the office of Louisiana Economic Development and the Central L...
12/23/2019

The City of Alexandria, along with Gov. John Bel Edwards, the office of Louisiana Economic Development and the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance announced a $3.7 million investment Monday afternoon to expand operations at the AFCO manufacturing center in Alexandria. Don Fowler, President of AFCO, explained the company is relocating its fiberglass column production operation from Pell City, Alabama, to Alexandria. The move will create 16 new full-time jobs and 22 new indirect jobs. That is in addition to the company’s current 168 jobs. A 93,000 sq. ft. building has been purchased at 3015 Broadway Ave. to house the plant and serve as a consolidated warehouse and distribution point for AFCO’s existing aluminum finished goods along with these new fiberglass products. The plant is expected to be fully operational by March 1, 2020. Read the full release at http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2289

The City of Alexandria, along with Gov. John Bel Edwards, the office of Louisiana Economic Development and the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance announced a $3.7 million investment Monday afternoon to expand operations at the AFCO manufacturing center in Alexandria. Don Fowler, President of AFCO, explained the company is relocating its fiberglass column production operation from Pell City, Alabama, to Alexandria. The move will create 16 new full-time jobs and 22 new indirect jobs. That is in addition to the company’s current 168 jobs. A 93,000 sq. ft. building has been purchased at 3015 Broadway Ave. to house the plant and serve as a consolidated warehouse and distribution point for AFCO’s existing aluminum finished goods along with these new fiberglass products. The plant is expected to be fully operational by March 1, 2020. Read the full release at http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2289

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Alexandria, LA
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If you want a great place to raise a family, then come home to Alexandria. Central Louisiana is one of the most affordable places to live in the United States. Enjoy fresh air, good schools, friendly people, a relaxed atmosphere with a growing economy and a city that cares about its citizens.

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