Port Allen Mayor Roger Bergeron announced at the Port Allen City Council committee meeting that the city has filled a nearly three-month vacancy for city inspector.
The mayor introduced Milan Lathers, of Port Allen, who at the time of the meeting on Oct. 3 had already worked a little less than two weeks on the part-time job, Bergeron said.
Bergeron said there were six applicants for the position, two of which failed to respond to the mayor’s request for an interview.
Bergeron interviewed the remaining four applicants, “none of which have any law enforcement experience,” he said.
The mayor said Lathers stood out due to “his devotion to his family” and “the hopes and dreams of owning his own business one day.”
Lathers currently lives with his mom, has been married 12 years, has three children and said his family is the reason for everything he does.
“I think he possesses the kind of character we would want for any city employee, whether it’s part-time or not,” Bergeron said.
The city has been unable to report on nuisance violations at its committee meetings for four months now: from July through September, while the city was without a city inspector, and this month, while Lathers acclimated to the position.
However, the mayor said Lathers already has 22 cases in progress, “with an emphasis on abandoned and burned-out buildings.”
“We’re going to have a monster report for you next month,” Bergeron said.