NEW ROADS — The City Council chose one of its own, Anthony Daisy, to serve as interim mayor in the wake of former mayor Robert Myer's resignation.
Daisy has served on the council for 11 years — most recently as mayor pro-tem. He will sit at the head of the city's administration until voters choose a a new mayor next year.
The council made the unanimous appointment during a special meeting Wednesday evening.
"I just want to let the city know our city is OK," Daisy said after Wednesday's meeting. "I'm in the process of finalizing our annual budget and I do plan to do an audit to make sure everything is in tact."
City leaders see Daisy's appointment as a way to reset things in City Hall following Myer's exit.
Myer was forced to resign on Oct. 20 as part of a plea deal on charges he faced on misuse of a city-issued credit card and abusing his administrative authority as mayor.
Embattled New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has officially submitted his letter of resignation, in part of a plea deal he reached with district pros…
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 on Wednesday chose not to dwell on the negativity surrounding Myer's exit and instead praised him for the positive economic and infrastructure improvements the former mayor accomplished during his tenure.
"I know some people might not like hearing this, but I want to enhance upon some of the things Robert was doing and move on to other things," Daisy said.
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.