Posted: Dec 16, 2013 10:45 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 16, 2013 6:51 PM
PORT ALLEN - Governor Bobby Jindal's office said Monday he will appoint an interim mayor for Port Allen in short order.
The announcement came after a special meeting of the Port Allen City Council Monday afternoon was canceled.
"I just felt like if we had another 3-2 vote along racial lines it wouldn't do anything to unify the community," Councilman Hugh Riviere said. "It would only drive a larger wedge into the mix."
News 2 has learned Councilman Brandon Brown and Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence did not agree with the rest of the council on who should lead the city. Both could not be reached for comment today.
Once Governor Jindal makes the appointment there are very few procedural things that will have to be done. The new interim mayor will need to be sworn in and can begin working immediately.
Voters recalled former mayor Deedy Slaughter in November after a number of scandals involving questionable spending and actions in office. The mayor pro tem has been acting as mayor since the recall.
The interim mayor will serve until a special election in April.