Posted: Jan 4, 2011 5:18 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A special election to fill the soon-to-be vacated Calcasieu Parish tax assessor's job will be held in the fall.
Richard Cole, who faces two counts of malfeasance in office, is to resign his post Jan. 15. Chief Deputy Tax Assessor Wendy Aguillard will serve in the interim until the Oct. 22 special
election. Qualifying is set for Sept. 6-8.
Cole is accused of charging more than $48,000 on a parish credit card for personal purchases over more than two years. His trial
date is May 16.
Parish Administrator Bryan Beam told the American Press that because other issues were already on the October ballot, the special election would require no extra costs for taxpayers.