Mayor crawfishes on longtime employee's termination
WHITE CASTLE- The Mayor in the Town of White Castle admits an error was made when he hastily terminated the town's clerk on New Year's Eve. It comes in the middle of an investigation by the WBRZ Investigative Unit.
Mayor Gerald Jermarr Williams fired Stacey Adler last week. Adler worked for the town for 24 years. Her mother was the town's custodian and also got canned. No reason was given for the dismissals. However, our investigation revealed the Mayor may have jumped the gun firing the clerk, and tonight he's crawfishing on that initial termination.
A new letter drawn up appears to show Adler is still the clerk. It shows mistakes were made when the Mayor fired Adler.
There was an error in your termination letter of December 31, 2014," it reads. The letter goes on to say Adler's services will no longer be needed on January 20th, and she has until then to turn in her keys and property. Adler was in shock when we talked to her Monday.
"I have no idea as of this date," Adler said. "The Mayor never spoke to me on why I was terminated."
On Tuesday, we went looking for answers from Mayor Jermarr Williams. Less than 24 hours earlier, he told WBRZ he could appoint or fire whoever he wants, but refused to go on camera. We went looking for him at his house and City Hall.
When we couldn't reach him at work or his house, we reached him on the phone. The following text message came from his phone.
"I said I didn't want an interview. We are NOT Port Allen!"
According to the plan of government, the mayor was supposed to get council approval before he hastily fired the town clerk. We reached out to all council members and the ones we did speak to said they didn't want to comment on this matter.
"It looks personal," White Castle Resident Oneal Bosley Junior said. "It has that appearance."
The town of White Castle is talking about this issue, and it's leaving some residents with a sour taste in their mouths....with no explanation given as to why the Mayor wanted the clerk gone and none given as to why her mother was fired too.
"To me it appears it wasn't done in a professional and respectful manner," Bosley said. "It's not a complicated situation. It was blunt and to the point. I believe she deserved more than that."
The new letter states this issue will be discussed on January 20th with the council. Adler has until then to turn in all of her belongings. However, since she was fired last week, Adler says she's already returned everything back to the city. At this point, it's unclear if she'll pursue legal action.
The mayor does have the authority to hire and fire most employees, but some require council approval, which was the case with the clerk position.