Posted: Jun 28, 2011 9:46 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Jun 29, 2011 3:54 AM
PORT ALLEN- The resignation and guilty plea of Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis leaves the city leaderless.. for now.
But the Mayor Pro Tem is ready to get the city back on track, starting with getting it out of the spotlight.
For the people of Port Allen, however, this city hall and what's happened in it, is casting a heavy shadow over the town.
"How can you be a leader to the community if you're not leading them right and in the right direction," said Roosevelt Dunn, Jr.
Frank Binning said, "That leaves Port Allen in a bad state right now, the way things are going."
Mayor Pro Tem R.J. Loupe said, "I don't like what's happening because it does put an eyesore on your city and its hard to recuperate."
People say that's especially true with a cloud still hanging over Police Chief Fred Smith's head.
"It kind of leaves us in a bind because we want to elect people that we can trust and get the job done and look out for the community," said Dunn.
And Loupe says that's what he plans to do on his watch.
"It's just not an easy task so we just want everything to settle down and let us move on and get our city back to normal," said Loupe.
But people say moving on for them is really just moving on to a new waiting game.
"The Mayor Pro Tem is gonna walk in, do the best he can, and I guess we'll re-elect a new mayor," said Trina Binning.
Dunn said, "We've just got to deal with what we have right now until things get better."
Loupe says the council will meet tomorrow night to approve the budget, but also to officially vote on moving him to interim mayor and choose an interim mayor pro tem.