NEW ORLEANS -- On Monday, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni issued a statement amid controversy in the parish after he admitted sending explicit texts to a 17-year-old two years ago.
His statement is as follows:
“I have read with humility your request for my resignation. While I understand your position and your concerns, I have and will continue to dutifully perform the obligations of the Office of Parish President.”
“As I noted in my statement, my actions are regrettable, and I am penitent. I have accepted responsibility for my poor judgment, and I apologized publicly to all parties involved.” Yenni reiterated “I did not violate any laws, I have not been contacted by any investigatory agency, especially the FBI, regarding this allegation.”
“I want to put this in the proper perspective. I have been true to the oath that I have taken. I stated clearly that I never abused or misused my powers as a public official and there has been no misuse of tax dollars or public assets. And, I will work harder than ever to prove that good can rise from a bad decision. Because out of struggle comes strength, and I am prepared to prove how strong I will be when fighting for Jefferson Parish. Therefore, while I respect your concern, I am not resigning from the Office of Parish President. The allegations in no way impact my ability to effectively govern or manage the day-to-day operations of Parish government.”
Yenni added in his statement the incident at the center of this allegation is personal” and, in no way, does it “impact my ability to govern.”
He also added he was not Parish President at the time of the text messages, and asked fellow council members to allow him to “separate (his) personal challenge from (his) public responsibility.” Yenni urged via a release this is not a time for “a rush to judgement.”