OPELOUSAS — A petition filed this week seeking the recall of Opelousas Alderman Reggie Tatum has been declared improper by the Secretary of State’s Office.
St. Landry Parish Registrar of Voters John Moreau said Friday that he had received a letter from Secretary of State Tom Schedler saying recall chairman Betty Lazard had failed to specify the election district represented by Tatum and did not properly list her residence and that of the recall petition’s vice chairman.
Lazard said Friday she plans to resubmit the petition after making the necessary corrections.
She said she is unsure who is the vice chairman of the recall.
In her original petition, Lazard lists her street address, but does not indicate the city in which she resides. That information is also absent from the name of the petition’s vice chairman, which is written in cursive and is illegible.
Lazard said she launched the recall after deciding Tatum is preventing city employees from doing their jobs.
“I’m not speaking of (Mayor Donald Cravins Sr.). I’m talking about the other people, who work to have their money coming in,” she said.
Tatum has been embroiled in a legal issue with Cravins and aldermen Louis Butler Jr., Julius Alsandor and Jacqueline Martin since Tatum was removed from his position as mayor pro tem at a June 14 meeting.
The three aldermen voted to oust Tatum and in a subsequent vote installed Alsandor as mayor pro tem.
Cravins cast the deciding vote for Tatum’s removal.
Last week Tatum filed suit in 27th Judicial District Court asking a judge to overturn the decision to remove him as mayor pro tem.
Judge Donald Hebert signed a temporary restraining order Wednesday that allows Tatum to remain as mayor pro tem until a court hearing is held.
A scheduled Friday hearing on the issue was reset for July 8 by Hebert, district court records show.