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Recalled councilman attends last meeting

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GONZALES - Two days after voters booted him from office, Timothy Vessel attended his last city council meeting on the governing body of the City of Gonzales.

"I had to be here as a councilman, to stay in my seat," Vessel said about attending the meeting Monday night. "This is my last meeting."

Saturday, more than 2,000 supported the recall.

With Vessel's recall and the resignation of former councilman Gary Lacombe, the city has to fill two council seats temporarily until an election in March.  Lacombe also faced a recall Saturday but quit before the election.

"We just need everything to go through legally and once that's complete, once that's done, then we can probably just call a special meeting," said Mayor Barney Arceneaux.

 

Monday, Vessel hinted at a run for Mayor in 2016.

"I want to thank this community for giving me two years staying on this council seat, and I'll be very active in this community, and start moving forward for 2016," he said.

"It's open for anybody to run. I'll be there, so I'm sure we'll see each other along the trail," the mayor said later.

Also at the meeting, Police Chief Sherman Jackson introduced seven 2014 Chargers to his fleet to be outfitted as patrol cars. The money for those units was held up after city budgets were in limbo for months because of voting Vessel and Lacombe's voting bloc on the council.

"We're going to go back to our regular way of doing business and continue to move Gonzales forward," said Jackson.

The police department still has two more vehicles to order and is awaiting the arrival of two motorcycles.

 

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