Council OKs officer’s verbal resignation

The Town Council has voted to accept the verbal resignation of police officer Tige Scott because Scott had failed for more than a month to respond to requests for his formal written resignation.

Police Chief Earl Theriot told council members during their meeting Tuesday that Scott turned in his Police Department-issued equipment Dec. 10 but never formally resigned in writing.

Scott advised Theriot he was resigning and did not come to work or receive pay after that date, Town Attorney Donovan Hudson told the Town Council.

Theriot said the town sent Scott a certified letter a week later asking him to submit his resignation in writing but Scott never responded.

Anny made a motion at Tuesday’s meeting to accept Scott’s resignation and send him another letter advising him of the council’s action and giving him five days to respond.

Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. and Councilmen Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair, John Wright, Randy Anny, Marvin Martin and Jason Adams attended the meeting Tuesday.

Also Tuesday night, the council agreed to waive the 90-day probation period of two newly hired police officers, James Bell, formerly of the Scott Police Department, and Lyndell Augillard, who formerly worked for the Lutcher Police Department.

With the departure of Scott, the department is down to five officers — Catherine Gil, Kermit Givens, Ricky Smith, Bell and Augillard.

Other issues coming before the council included:

TOWN BUDGET: The council agreed to take up a proposed ordinance amending the 2013 fiscal year budget to increase funds allocated for attorney fees from $30,000 to $58,200.

Before the council can vote on the measure, members will hold a public hearing at the Feb. 5 council meeting, Town Clerk Paige Robert said.