Lafayette

Nov 20, 2010 8:05 PM by Shawn Kline

Ousted... Again: LHA board asked to leave

For the second time, three Lafayette Housing Authority commissioners are being told to leave their posts.
Commissioners Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman received another letter on Friday from Parish President Joey Durel; telling them their services are no longer needed.
Their dismissal, based on a number of possible wrong-doings in a single meeting dating back to October 26.
The letter is all too familiar to Joe Dennis. It's the second time he's received one like this- telling him his services are no longer needed as a Housing Authority commissioner.
"I'm ready to give this thing up. I'm tired of this!" Dennis said, "but I'm not willing to do it the way things are right now."
The last letter dennis received from Parish President, Joey Durel was overturned in a district court. The judge calling the President's reasoning "arbitrary and capricious."
This time, Durel says there are no excuses for their actions.
"The primary reason he gave for reinstating them is because I left one of the board members on there." Durel said, "this time, the other board member wasn't part of the illegal executive session."
According to Durel, the minutes from a meeting late last month says the three accused board members called an executive session without a vote.
"I made a mistake," Dennis admitted. "I called for an executive session but one of the board members reminded me, what are we going to executive session for."
Dennis says the minutes obtained by KATC and City-Parish Government were never official- although they clearly state an executive session was called.
Dennis says he will be speaking with his attorney and his latest removal will likely go back to court.

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