Dave Norris was first elected Mayor of West Monroe in 1978. During his years in office the city has experienced steady growth, expansion of low cost, high quality public works services, and sound financial management. West Monroe has an outstanding fire department and the first nationally accredited police department in Louisiana.
During Mayor Norris’ years in office the city constructed the West Ouachita Senior Center, one of the largest in the state, the Community Center, and the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center, one of the south’s finest facilities for equestrian and livestock events. In addition, the city has expanded its recreational facilities to include Lazarre Park on the beautiful Ouachita River, Kiroli Park, which offers a unique woodland experience in an urban setting, and Restoration Park, a wetlands park developed from an old mined-out gravel pit.
Mayor Norris, a former university economics professor, is involved in civic and professional activities in addition to his work as the chief administrative officer of the city. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Living Well Foundation. He is a member of the Ouachita Council of Governments, and is Chairman of the Monroe/West Monroe Public Trust Finance Authority. He also serves as the choir director of the McGuire United Methodist Church in West Monroe.