GONZALES, LA (FOX44) — Gonzales city officials want to two new councilmen out of office, according to The Creole.
The online newspaper reports, the mayor and police chief joined two councilmen at the Carli-Co Café, to sign a petition to recall first-term councilmen Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux told The Creole he signed the petition because Lacombe and Vessel were taking steps that were “harmful to the city and its residents.”
Arceneaux says recalling Lacombe and Vessel “has more to do with policy than politics.”
His statement comes three months after Lacombe accused him of malfeasance in office.
The Creole also reported that Vessel has “verbally attacked the mayor during council meetings.”
Councilmen Vessel, Lacombe and Terance Irvin have changed three of the mayor’s proposed budgets. Their versions of the budget reduce funding for the Gonazles Police Department.
Since June 1, 2014, the City of Gonzales has operated at half of last year’s budget, which is putting a strain on its police department.
Gonzales Police have to delay payments with contractors they rely on for technical support services, and cannot replace worn out vehicles.
Opponents of Lacombe and Vessel have until September 15, 2014, to submit the recall petition to the Register of Voters. A recall election would follow on December 6, 2014.