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BR officials look towards filling Metro Council vacancy

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 3:57 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2021 at 3:19 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge residents attended a community meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss filling the District 5 council seat, which will be left vacant come the new year.

Baton Rouge's Metropolitan Council and community members gather on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss...
Baton Rouge's Metropolitan Council and community members gather on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss filling the soon-to-be vacant District 5 council seat.(Will | Wil Norwood)

Mayor Pro-Tem Lamont Cole hosted the community meeting at Delmont Library, 3351 Lorraine St, Baton Rouge. Council administrator Ashley Beck led discussion about the current vacancy, vacancy appointment, and the election.

Baton Rouge's Metropolitan Council and community members gather on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss...
Baton Rouge's Metropolitan Council and community members gather on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss filling the soon-to-be vacant District 5 council seat.(Will | Wil Norwood)

The Metropolitan Council is expected to set a date for a special election to fill the anticipated vacancy during its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in room 348 on the third floor of Metropolitan Council Chambers City Hall, 222 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge.

Officials said anyone interested in applying to be considered should register online by CLICKING HERE.

Earlier this month, District 5 Councilwoman Erika Greene officially submitted a letter of resignation for her seat on the Metro Council, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Greene is stepping aside from the council to serve as a judge on the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court.

Greene was elected to the judgeship on Nov. 13.

Remaining members of the Metropolitan Council will appoint a replacement to fill the District 5 seat.

For more information about the community meeting, contact Councilwoman Chauna Banks at (225) 388-8331 or email cbanks@brla.gov.

Baton Rouge's Metropolitan Council and community members gather on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss...
Baton Rouge's Metropolitan Council and community members gather on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to discuss filling the soon-to-be vacant District 5 council seat.(Will | Wil Norwood)

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