New offices are near completion on second floor of Paris City Hall for city manager, city planning director, mayor and fire chief


NEW-LOOK PARIS CITY HALL — Notice anything different? The second floor windows to the historic Paris City Hall have been restored after years of being covered over. The old Paris City Council chambers that once resided on the second floor through the windows shown above were recently renovated into new offices.

The far-right window is the new office of city manager John Godwin, directly above his present office.

The next window over is the office of his executive assistant, Denene Johnson, directly above her present office.

The middle window is the office of the city’s new planning director, Alan Efrussy, who will begin work in December.

The second window from the left is an office for mayor AJ Hashmi.

The far-left window is a conference room.

Also on the second floor — to either side of the stairs – are offices for the city’s human resources director (already in use) and for the new city fire chief, when he comes on board. 

City manager John Godwin said another city department, to be decided (probably from the City Hall Annex across the street), will move into the first-floor corner offices he’s vacating. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Mayor AJ Hashmi tries out the chair in his new office. Another “City of Paris Mayor” seal like the one behind him adorns the outside of his office door.  Hashmi said he paid personally for the furnishings and for all expense incurred in establishing the mayor’s office in City Hall. “No city funds were involved,” he said. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

This is the opposite wall in Mayor Hashmi’s new office at City Hall. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.