NEW ROADS — The City Council is holding a special meeting Wednesday where members will likely appoint the mayor pro-tem to fill in as interim mayor in the wake of former mayor Robert Myer's resignation.
The appointment of the interim mayor is the only thing on the agenda of the meeting, which is set for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Council members have previously said they'l support letting Mayor Pro-Tem Anthony Daisy serve as the city's interim mayor until citywide elections are held next year.
City leaders see Daisy's appointment as a way to reset things in City Hall following Myer's highly-publicized exit.
Myer was forced to resign from office Oct. 20 as part of a plea deal on charges he faced for his alleged misuse of a city-issued credit card and abusing his administrative authority as mayor.
Myer, who was in the third year of his second four-year term as mayor, was set to go to trial Jan. 16 but instead entered a no contest plea to one count of malfeasance in office in a plea deal with state prosecutors.
An investigation by the state's Inspector General's Office uncovered that Myer had used a city-issued credit card for personal transactions, including $1,800 that was not repaid to the city.
The IG also found that Cherie Rockforte-Laviolette, the city's former chief financial officer, told state investigators that Myer ordered her and the town's police chief to delete and alter information on credit card statements after the city received a public record's request to review them.
Daisy's appointment as interim mayor means the City Council will also need to appoint someone to fill his vacated seat on the council until the next regular election. Daisy said previously that decision will likely be made at the council's next regular meeting.