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Napoleonville Leaders Feud

4 years ago March 25, 2011 Mar 25, 2011 Friday, March 25 2011 Friday, March 25, 2011 9:10:21 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

NAPOLEONVILLE-- Napoleonville's top cop says he's had enough micromanaging from the mayor, and now he' calling it quits.

Police Chief Roland Rodrigue was appointed by Mayor Ron Animashaun just last month, but is already writing his letter of resignation to the Board of Aldermen.

"He has given instruction to the patrolmen that has contradicted what I have already instructed them to do," Rodrigue said.

Animashaun says his concerns are ordinance violations, like loitering and tall grass, something he believes Rodrigue may overlook with his past history as a state trooper.

"We have to go after them when their grass gets an inch over the ordinance!  Go!"  Animashaun said.

Rodrigue said Animashaun told him to go home Monday afternoon when he told Animashaun he was tired of the micromanaging.  Rodrigue said he has not heard from Animashaun since.

Animashaun told News 2 he didn't know why Rodrigue is planning to resign, and that he was waiting to schedule a meeting.

Rodrigue said he will give the letter to the Board of Aldermen at their meeting in April unless Animashaun promises to let him in writing to allow him run the department--and its lone officer-- the way he sees fit.

"Well, we can start from scratch.  We can get it right," Animashaun said.

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