Sorrento Council rejects insurance offer, APSO will provide law enforcement

Published: Nov. 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM CST
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SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - The town council in Sorrento has rejected an insurance policy that was on the table at Tuesday night's meeting.

Instead, Ascension Sheriff Jeff Wiley will provide law enforcement for the town until January so the council can continue to look for a new insurance provider for the police department.

All five of Sorrento's officers have resigned, two of them have found jobs elsewhere, but at Tuesday's meeting Sheriff Wiley stepped in and gave the council more time.

"I wanted to take that pressure off of them and assure you that you are going to have an officer inside the Town of Sorrento at least through the first of the year," Wiley said.

Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert said the council just had too many questions about the insurance quote presented Tuesday. The biggest issue was that the new quote was double what the town had previously paid.

Lambert said it's about what's best for the nearly 1,500 people living in the town, something Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot agrees with.

"I'm not bothering the mayor," Theriot said. "I want to see us work together."

While Lambert and Theriot try to work it out, Wiley says he's going to chip in.

"I'm going to go ahead and offer the same service through the calendar year," Wiley said. "I will do it on the tax monies you pay me."

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