Jun 30, 2011 9:37 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Port Allen council appoints new mayor

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - One day after Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis resigned, then drove to federal court in Baton Rouge to plead guilty to a racketeering charge, the City Council has selected his successor.
The Advocate reports the council voted 3-1 Wednesday to install Mayor Pro Tem R.J. Loupe as the city's new mayor.
Loupe steps into the office Lewis held since 2005.
Lewis was indicted last year on federal bribery and racketeering charges.
On Tuesday, shortly after turning in his keys to City Hall, Lewis went to court, pleaded guilty and admitted that he accepted bribes from undercover FBI operatives posing as businessmen.
The fake businessmen were pitching a garbage-can-cleaning business known as Cifer 5000.


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