Greensburg's interim mayor resigns two months before he is sworn into office

Greensburg's interim mayor resigns two months before he is sworn into office
Willie Hurst (Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

GREENSBERG, LA (WAFB) - About two months before he was to be sworn into office as the Greensburg mayor, Willie Hurst resigned. Hurst was also serving as the town's interim mayor.

"The Town of Greensburg is currently without a mayor," said Clifton Speed, the town's attorney.

For the second time in just four months, the small town of only 600 people is once again without a mayor.

Former mayor Burke Jones resigned in June after questions arose about his residency. Hurst was elected mayor in March. Even though he was not supposed to take office until December 1, he was appointed as the interim mayor.

Just five days after he was elected, there was an incident involving a domestic violence case. At that scene, someone called then Mayor-elect Hurst to come intervene. It was the subject of a 9News investigation where sources said that the mayor-elect repeatedly asked the police chief if there was any way of getting around arresting the man accused of domestic violence.

After the 9News investigation, Hurst was arrested and charged with interfering with an investigation, public intimidation and obstruction of justice.

The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office reviewed the case, but did not prosecute Hurst.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Hurst turned in his resignation letter. Although he did not return any calls, Hurst did tell the town attorney why he resigned.

"His job duties at Exxon were progressively more and more things that he needed to do and he found that it was very difficult to get done what he needed to get done in Baton Rouge as well as serve as the mayor of Greensburg," Speed said.

We asked if the 9News investigation caused his resignation.

"I don't think that had anything to do with it. He was exonerated of any criminal wrong doing," Speed said.

Speed said Hurst did ask for the town of Greensburg to pay for his attorney fees that were connected to his charges he was arrested for, but the board of aldermen refused to do that.

A special election will be held next year in March for residents to vote for two new aldermen and a new mayor. In the meantime, the board of aldermen will have to appoint an interim mayor. If they cannot do so, the governor will appoint one.

Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Ficklin is currently serving as mayor until an interim mayor is appointed.


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