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Sorrento mayor missing in action

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SORRENTO - Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who won his seat by one vote, has not stepped foot in his office for 145 days.

His extended leave began in February when he took a medical absence citing a foot surgery, but since then hasn't returned any phone calls, text messages or e-mails.

"There's no phone calls, no communication between the town council and him, but yet he's still receiving his pay and that's upsetting," said Mary Melancon, a resident of Sorrento.

Since the Mayor's absence Mayor Pro Tem Randy Anny, who lost to Longanecker in the election, has stepped in to run the town.

"Just stepped into the seat and did what we had to do," said Anny, "thank God I have a good council because it's not just me."

In the nearly five months since he's assumed the role of mayor Anny has paid bills that were on hold and began solving town problems.

"We're looking at getting sewer into the interstate, we're talking about getting some hotels in town, we're talking to Ascension water trying to get water into the town," said Anny.

Now residents just hope Longanecker will make some effort to communicate with his council and Mayor Pro Tem.

"You can at least give someone a call, let them know what's going on, whatever it is," said Melancon.

Longanecker did not return repeated phone calls. His voice mail was also full.


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