Port Allen City Council to tackle interim mayor issue on Monday

Interim needed to lead Port Allen until special election

The Port Allen City Council has called a special meeting Monday afternoon to appoint and swear in an interim mayor to serve until a special election can be called to fill the term of term of former Port Allen Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter.

After 11 contentious months in office, voters recalled Slaughter on Nov. 16 and she was forced to vacate the office Nov. 25. A special election most likely will be called for the April 5 ballot.

Councilman-at-large R.J. Loupe said Friday afternoon he wants the governor to step in and appoint the interim mayor.

“Is there a consensus? No, indeed,” Loupe said.

Councilman Hugh “Hootie” Riviere was slightly more hopeful.

“We’re still talking and we’re not there yet but talks earlier today seem to be a little more encouraging then they have been,” Riviere said.

Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence has said her constituents have told her to seek the interim position. After Slaughter vacated the office, Lawrence assumed the mayoral duties until the interim mayor appointment is made.

Two other apparent frontrunners for the job who have said they have been approached about the interim position are former Port Allen Mayor Lynn Robertson and Ted Denstel, a former president of West Baton Rouge Parish.

Denstel, 76, served two terms as parish president after previously serving 25 years as the parish manager.

Robertson, who served as the city’s first female mayor from 1993 to 2004, serves as executive director of the American Institute of Architects of Louisiana.

Monday’s special meeting begins at 4 p.m. at Port Allen City Hall.