LAFOURCHE, La. -- Some expected a heated debate over Lafourche President Charlotte Randolph's future at Tuesday’s parish council meeting, but a motion by three council members to ask for Randolph’s resignation quickly fell apart.
Randolph, who didn't speak during the discussion, has faced criticism in the wake of a state ethics violation, but ultimately, council members struck down the proposal.
"It was not a criminal violation; it was an ethics violation,” said District 2 Councilman Michael Delatte. “We were not elected to be judge and jury and we have no right to enforce anything for you to do."
"This is a resolution that has no force of law and I will not participate in even validating this with a vote and I'm walking out. I'll be absent," said Joe Fertitta, District 4 councilman.
The ethics board fined Randolph $60,000 based on allegations that she rented her Grand Isle camp to BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
District 9 Councilman Daniel Lorraine, one of those pushing the resolution, says Randolph’s actions aren't sitting well with many fishermen.
"Some of 'em lost their livelihood and they're trying to do something else to survive, and it makes it tough when the leader of the parish is doing something maybe they shouldn't be doing," Lorraine said.
But Tuesday night, the council majority ruled.
"It would be a real bad idea to get rid of one of the best parish presidents that this parish has seen in some time and it would also be detrimental if we lost our parish president right at the beginning of hurricane season," said John Arnold, District 5 councilman.