Special meeting called to appoint new mayor of Port Allen

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A special meeting has been called for Monday afternoon to consider a motion to appoint someone to complete the unfinished term of former mayor Deedy Slaughter.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The council has until 4:30 p.m. Monday to appoint an interim mayor. If it does not, then Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to appoint someone to the position. The governor does not have a time limit to appoint an interim mayor, but a spokesperson at his office indicated it would happen quickly.

If an interim mayor is chosen, that person would be sworn in and would take the oath of office during the meeting.

Citizens recalled Slaughter during the November 16 elections, putting an end to 11 months of controversy. After less than a year on the job, she is now the first politician to ever be recalled in West Baton Rouge Parish.

The election for a new mayor will likely be held April 5, 2014. Slaughter is eligible to run for re-election if she chooses.

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