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Council to tackle open seats, special election Wednesday

4 years 3 months 6 days ago Tuesday, December 16 2014 Dec 16, 2014 December 16, 2014 12:04 PM December 16, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

GONZALES- Governor Bobby Jindal will need to appoint someone to fill the council seat of Gary Lacombe since the deadline for the city to appoint someone passed at midnight.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will suggest someone to the governor's office. The city had twenty days to appoint someone to fill the seat but failed to do so.

Lacombe resigned earlier in December before facing a recall election.  But, Councilman Timothy Vessel was recalled in the election. 

Tuesday, the city council announced it will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss Vessel's open seat and a temporary replacement.  The meeting is at 4:30 at City Hall.

Vessel's deadline passed for him to contest the results of the December 6th election where 75 percent of voters voted to fire him from office.

Vessel and Lacombe were facing a recall effort after organizing a voting bloc on the council that gridlocked government for the last six months.

Both appointments would serve until a special election is held to elect two people to serve the rest of the terms.  The election will likely be March 28th.
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