PORT ALLEN - The City Council appointed Joseph Roger Bergeron on Wednesday to fill a vacant seat on the six-member council.
The city’s governing body acted one week after Mayor Derek Lewis resigned and members voted to appoint Councilman R.J. Loupe to succeed Lewis.
During Wednesday’s council meeting, Councilman Hugh “Hootie” Riviere nominated Bergeron to take Loupe’s former spot on the council.
The motion was initially swept aside when Irvrie Johnson offered a substitute motion to nominate Port Allen Board of Adjustment member Gary Joseph to the position.
The substitute motion failed on a 3-2 vote with Johnson and Ray Helen Lawrence voting for Joseph, and Riviere and Ralph Bergeron voting against him.
Loupe broke the tie to defeat the nomination.
Loupe broke another tie moments later in an identical vote on the original motion to appoint Joseph Bergeron to the council.
After the vote, Joseph Bergeron was sworn in by City Attorney Victor Woods.
Joseph Bergeron spent 16 years with the Louisiana Department of Revenue between 1976 and 1990, Riviere said.
He also served as the revenue director for West Baton Rouge Parish between 1990 and 2007, Riviere said.
He currently serves on the Port Allen Board of Adjustment.
After Joseph Bergeron took the oath of office, the council voted unanimously to name Ralph Bergeron as the city’s new mayor pro tem - the spot vacated by Loupe last week.
The shuffling of the mayor’s seat and City Council memberships came about after Mayor Lewis resigned from office June 28 and then drove to Baton Rouge federal court where he pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge.
Lewis admitted to taking cash and other bribes worth more than $15,000 from undercover FBI operatives posing as corrupt businessmen pitching a sham garbage can cleaning service known as Cifer 5000.
Court records show that no sentencing date has yet been scheduled for Lewis.