A petition to recall long-time Port Allen Councilman R.J. Loupe failed last week after it did not meet a deadline with the WBR Parish Registrar of Voters office.
Petition Chairman Larry Profit and Co-Chairman Gizele Thompson first filed the petition with the La. Secretary of State’s office on Sept. 4. After that, WBR Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan said they were required to obtain 1,284 signatures by March 4, which reverted to March 5 due to the Mardi Gras holiday.
At a political rally on Oct. 5 against the recall of former mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter, the petition to recall Loupe circulated and resident Castor Brown said the petition already had between 700 and 800 signatures.
Ryan confirmed that the petition was not filed by March 5, but could not speculate beyond that.
She said she has no idea what Profit and Thompson did with the petition once they filed it with the La. Secretary of State’s office.
“I have no idea why they didn’t turn it in to me,” she said.
In other news, after being appointed parish-wide fire chief, Charles Stephens is no longer serving as Assistant Fire Chief of Port Allen.
He said he began work for the parish on Feb. 24 and that the parish-wide fire district is still in the early stages of planning before it’s projected July 1 rollout date.
Stephens said he would be able to provide more details regarding the planning next week.
Port Allen Fire Chief Rick Boudreaux said in a March 5 fire department report that Stephens’ parish-wide appointment “has created a void in the department.”
He said, “I am exploring distributing his duties between several employees for the time being. [The] need to advertise is unclear.”
Stephens said he and Boudreaux will have to finalize who is taking over Stephens’ previous duties.
“Moving forward we’ll iron out as to how that’s going to go,” Stephens said.