Municipal Records Confiscated
The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant, confiscated municipal & financial records and copied the computer hard drives at Jonesboro City Hall this afternoon. The Fount arrived on scene as the deputies pulled off and Mayor Leslie Thompson held an impromptu public forum meeting at a nearby park where many supporters gathered to discuss the issues at hand.
Mayor Thompson informed the concerned citizens of the events that took place this afternoon and the circumstances leading up to that point. According to Thompson, the raid on his offices was a follow through of a threat. The video of his speech at the park this afternoon will be available for viewing shortly, so please return to The Fount Online News for that update.
Another meeting is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. at the same park in Jonesboro near the American Legion Hall in the projects Friday, March 11th.
Before the raids this afternoon, on yesterday, Wednesday March 9th 2011 The Fount interviewed Mayor Leslie Thompson regarding these very issues. The following article below and subsequent video segments are the result of that interview in which Mayor Thompson gives more extensive background of the events which led up to the raid on his administrative offices today.
Mayor Under Fire Fires Back
Every since being re-elected this past October 2010, Mayor Leslie Thompson of Jonesboro, LA has been under the gun to disprove numerous allegations made by former Town Council members and a certain segment of White citizens in that community. Even though racism is generally denied and there is resentment for even implying it, why was there an attempt to recall Thompson by certain Whites immediately after the 2010 elections last fall, and why did a barrage of false accusations start flying shortly after the voters just spoke?
When the previous White mayoral administrations of Jonesboro had deficits in their budgets –even to the tune of up to $900,000– Mayor Thompson asks why were there no protests and uproar about it in the community and in the local news the way there is now even though he is saving Jonesboro hundreds of thousands of dollars?
Why was an injunction filed to stop the newly elected Town Council Members and The Mayor from voting on issues concerning the town; why were they stopped from performing the duties they were elected to do and was that injunction legal? One can understand how the Council would be investigated and a decision reversed if an illegal vote had taken place, but to stop a vote from taking place ahead of time is unheard of.
Has a pattern of racism emerged in this Deep South town of Jonesboro, LA? Mayor Thompson stated his belief that what he is going through is nothing new to Black Mayors in Louisiana as well as other parts of the country.
Same Old Same Old
In addition to what appears to be racially motivated acts against Jonesboro’s Mayor, it is this reporter’s observation that once again, a blatant disregard for the Lawrason Act by which some municipalities are governed here in Louisiana is one of the core reasons why certain elected and formerly elected officials have a certain degree of success when they use unsubstantiated allegations to incite uninformed citizens against Mayors throughout the state.
The Louisiana Municipal Association holds many seminars providing Louisiana’s citizens and elected officials all the materials and information necessary to understand the legal parameters by which municipal administrations are to operate, in order to avoid unnecessary controversies. Mayor Thompson is a paralegal and served as the Vice President on the board of the Louisiana Municipal Association last year.
In this detailed one-on-one interview with The Fount Online News, Thompson airs his side of the story and points out that with each allegation, high level investigations by the Louisiana Attorney General, Legislative Auditors Offices, the LA State Police and local Sheriff’s Offices have found no wrong doing by him or his administration.
In this 2 part video, the embattled Mayor discussed the phenomenal and unprecedented growth of Jonesboro’s population in the midst of a terrible national economy during his first 4 years as well as a shift in balance of the racial mix there.
Mayor Thompson also talked about making numerous accomplishments despite the adversarial atmosphere and how he is pleased to finally work with a Town Council which doesn’t seek to oppose him simply for the sake of opposing him.
In the beginning of this his 2nd term as Mayor, it is Leslie Thompson’s heart’s desire to unify Jonesboro and continue moving the town forward. In these video segments, Thompson updates the community on the events of last evening’s Council meeting and the current actions being taken to hire a CPA, and to replace the Clerk, Deputy Clerk and the 20 year old financial computer software system of the town.
Again, the video of Mayor Thompson’s speech at the park this afternoon (Thursday March 10, 2011) will be available for viewing shortly, so please return to The Fount Online News for that update.
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