Governor's office says interim mayor appointment will happen in 'short order'

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Officials in Port Allen said a special meeting to appoint a new mayor has been canceled.

The Port Allen City Council was scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. to try to name an interim mayor for the town.

The council has until 4:30 p.m. to select someone to fill the position. If the council fails to appoint an interim mayor, then Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to do so.

The governor does not have a time limit to appoint an interim mayor, but a spokesperson at his office stayed consistent with the same response Monday as the one last week that a selection would be made in short order.

Citizens recalled former Mayor Deedy 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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