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Mayor's new CAO resigns amid reports he lied

5 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Friday, April 21 2017 Apr 21, 2017 April 21, 2017 5:47 PM April 21, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

UPDATE: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's chief administrative officer resigned amid reports that he lied about his college education.

Broome released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"I have accepted the resignation of Troy Bell. I am disappointed that he chose to withhold information about his background while interviewing for and subsequently accepting the position of chief administrative officer. I will not let this be a distraction to the commitment I have made to the people of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. The mayor-president's office will continue to serve our fellow residents in an efficient manner as we have since the beginning of my tenure."

Original story: 

BATON ROUGE – Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said she will investigate claims her new deputy lied about his college education.

Broome announced Troy Bell as the city's chief administrative officer recently. Friday, a report by the Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate questioned Bell's resume.

     > SEE Bell's resume HERE

Bell does not hold the master's degree he claimed, the paper reported.

I will immediately review the new information provided regarding Mr. Bell's background and will decide the best course of action,” Broome said in a statement. “In the meantime, I — along with my administration — will continue to be dedicated to business and initiatives that move the city-parish forward.”

In applying for the position – a top government job – Bell said he has an MPA from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. But, the school said he has not finished the coursework to have such a degree. Earlier this week, a school official told the WBRZ Investigative Unit, there was not a Troy Bell listed in a graduate database.

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