NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "Let this be our history and not our future."
That was the reaction from the St. Tammany Parish president Thursday night after learning that former District Attorney Walter Reed and his son, Steven Reed, had been indicted on federal corruption charges.
"Obviously, we are very disappointed that this has occurred," said President Pat Brister. "Over the last few years, we have had several elected officials that have been indicted in St. Tammany Parish. It's just the old political way and hopefully this is the end of that. We're looking at a new generation of elected officials and a new way of doing things - more transparent, and we're ready to go forward and let this be our history not our future."
St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman Reid Falconer said the parish has "certainly taken it on the chin," when it comes to its image, but he adds the community is working hard to move past this.
"It's a very sad day when a person of the stature of a district attorney in any parish is indicted, and I think at root it's really a reflection of the overall old politics in Louisiana that I really believe we have now moved forward. We have a new district attorney, we have a new coroner that's doing a great job, we all look to the future," Falconer said.