Alexandria’s mayor questions justification of fact-finding probe against him

By Bill Sumrall

Mayor Jacques Roy, during his weekly press briefly on Wednesday, denied the claims of conflict of interest made during Tuesday’s Legal Committee meeting and attributed its fact-finding probe to politics.

Roy told local print and broadcast reporters present for the Dec. 2 broadcast discussion that he looked forward to the city moving forward following Tuesday’s change in the City Council’s leadership.

During Tuesday’s regular session, the Council elected Roosevelt Johnson as its new president to replace outgoing president Myron Lawson and elected Harry Silver as its vice president.

The mayor noted the Legal Committee has yet to submit a report on its fact-finding probe to the full Council for a vote. He said he would welcome review by the state Ethics Board or state Bar Association.

Roy said material submitted for the probe tell one side but that, for example, current attorneys representing EMS and Sansing have answered the concerns in connection with the mayor’s involvement with its clients in the Cleco litigation.

The mayor, as did Council member Chuck Fowler during Tuesday’s meeting, questioned the justification cited for the probe and attributed to the city’s Home Rule Charter.

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