Jan 14, 2014 9:32 AM by AP (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)
OBERLIN, La. (AP) - The Oberlin Town Council has selected Alderman Mark Manuel as the town's new mayor to succeed Rick Smith, who resigned last week.
Manuel, who has served on the council for 11 years, will serve until municipal elections are held in October.
Smith announced his resignation Jan. 8 citing lack of communications and willingness to work together among the mayor and town officials.
A resignation notice received by the Secretary of State's Office on Jan. 10 gave no reason for stepping down.
A recent audit found 16 infractions, including half a dozen considered violations of state laws.
The town is also operating with a more than $300,000 deficit with many bills left unpaid as town officials consider increasing water and sewer rates to generate more revenue.