Posted: Oct 15, 2010 3:56 PM by Letitia Walker
Three Lafayette Housing Authority board members who were ousted from their position, are back on the board. Judge Ed Rubin handed down that decision today. Joe Dennis, John Freeman, and Leon Simmons appealed their dismissal by City-Parish President Joey Durel. Durel says he let all but one board member go after a questionable audit was returned on the Housing Authority for 2009. However, that decision to keep one board member, Donald Fuselier, led to the reversal today. The judge says that Durel was arbitrary and capricious by picking and choosing which members would stay. Just last week Durel had chosen a whole new board including Amos Batiste, Kevin Carrier, Gregory Dugas, Mary Guidry, Penny Malbrew, and Shirley Vige. The Durel administration has no comment on today's decision.