St.Martinville Council Wants Mayor to be Part-Time
So, the St. Martinville City Council has voted to amend the city's charter and make the job of Mayor of St. Martinville a part-time job. Okay, everybody run go get your popcorn because this is going to be one of the best "political theater" performances we've seen in South Louisiana in quite a while.
I don't mean any disrespect toward the esteemed members of the St. Martinville Council or Mayor Melinda Mitchell either, but you know with the differences the Mayor and the Council have had over the past few months this is not going to resolve itself quietly.
Here's what's happened.
On Monday night the St. Martinville City Council met and voted to amend the city's special charter. Among the amended items was a provision that would term limit all elected city officials. There was also a provision that would move the status of the Mayor's employment with the city from full-time status to part-time status.
The Daily Iberian first reported the story and in their report, it was noted that the council voted that the mayor and council would be limited to three consecutive terms in office. It was also noted that the Mayor's job would be compensated at $30,000 annually and become part-time.
Based on the report in the Daily Iberian the Mayor, Melinda Mitchell voiced extreme opposition to the plan. However, there doesn't appear to be anything the Mayor can do about the council's vote.
The plan calls for the new term limits and job requirements for the Mayor to be effective after the next election. The current council and mayor have about two years left in their terms. Council members who supported this move said they wanted to get the changes in place well ahead of those elections.
In order for the changes to the St.Martinville charter to be binding Governor John Bel Edwards will have to sign off on them. There is no word as to which way the Governor might be leaning but we're willing to bet the past few days and the next few days there will be more than a few phone calls made to Baton Rouge from St. Martinville.