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WHITE CASTLE - The mayor in the town of White Castle may have violated the law firing an employee who has spent the last 24 years working for City Hall.

The town is governed by the Lawrason Act, a set of guidelines that municipalities follow. There are strict procedures in place involving any termination or hiring.

Stacey Adler spent the majority of her adult career in public service. She is the Clerk for the Town of White Castle. She claims her termination is personal. Adler said less than ten minutes after getting her termination letter, her mother got one too. Her mother served the past ten years as the janitor for City Hall.

"Never been written up in my 24 years," Adler said. "Never had a write up or anything."

As the Clerk, Adler was responsible for day to day functions in the Town. It's an appointed position, and any employment actions must be approved by the Town Council.

"I handled all conferences, meetings, projects everything," Adler said.

But, just before the stroke of the new year, Adler received a letter at home saying her services were no longer required.

"The town attorney came to my house," Adler said. "He delivered my letter and asked where did my mother live. And that's how I know he was going to deliver her a letter as well...terminating her also."

Adler believes it's more than just a coincidence.

"That was just devastating because I can't see no reason for my momma getting terminated," Adler said. "I just don't even have a clue."

Initially, Mayor Jermarr Williams told WBRZ, he could appoint or fire whoever he wants to. When asked to do an on camera interview, Williams said he was advised not to, but would not say who advised him not to talk to WBRZ. Williams also would not say why he wanted the mother and daughter gone, after serving a combined 34 years of service to City Hall.

The Mayor may have some problems as he may have jumped the gun terminating Adler.

The Lawrason Act states, "At the first board meeting succeeding a municipal election, the Mayor subject to Board confirmation, must appoint a clerk."

That meeting isn't until next week, and the Board did not confirm the termination or reappointment of Adler yet. Again, that meeting isn't until next week.

That means the Mayor may have violated the own plan of government for the Town of White Castle, which is frustrating for people in the parish.

"Yes, it bothers me," Vanessa Gillis said. "it should bother a whole lot more other people too because someone needs some answers somewhere."

As for Adler, it's still surreal not having a job after being terminated following 24 years of service.

"I would just like to know the reason why I was terminated," Adler said. "Why he couldn't come to me and talk to me. I worked with him for four years. We worked fine together."

We reached out to the Attorney for the Town of White Castle. He told us he had no comment and referred all questions to the Mayor since this was his decision. Again, the Mayor, Jermarr Williams refused to do an on camera interview.

 

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