Gov. Edwards to appoint interim Greensburg mayor

Gov. Edwards to appoint interim Greensburg mayor
Willie Hurst (Source: WAFB)
Willie Hurst (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The decision of who will lead the Town of Greensburg is now officially in the hands of the governor.

The Secretary of State's Office filed the paperwork Thursday letting Gov. John Bel Edwards know that Greensburg officials had not appointed anyone as interim mayor.

The town had until Wednesday, June 22 to select an interim mayor after Greensburg's previous mayor, Burke Jones, recently resigned.

William Hurst was elected in March,. However, the mayor-elect will not take office until December 1, and an interim mayor has not been appointed.

At a city alderman meeting on Tuesday, June 7, a motion to appoint Hurst as interim failed.

Hurst was arrested Monday, June 20 on charges of interfering with a law enforcement investigation, public intimidation and retaliation, and obstruction of justice for allegedly interfering with a domestic violence case. The incident was the subject of a report by the 9News Investigators in May.

As for how the arrest could impact Hurst's future position, according to the Secretary of State's office, an elected official is only fired if convicted of a felony.

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