Beloved and admired for decades, the political career of Aaron Broussard came tumbling down in just a few years.
Broussard was elected as a member of the Jefferson Parish School Board in 1974, and then was the popular mayor of Kenner, elected to four terms. He was elected to the Jefferson Parish Council in 1995 and served as chairman until in 2003, when he was elected as Jefferson Parish President with 72 percent of the vote. Broussard’s downfall began with Hurricane Katrina when he made the highly controversial decision to not man pump stations in the parish, leaving several areas of the parish inundated with water.
A recall effort garnered 49,000 signatures. Broussard, however, still won re-election in 2007. A grand jury investigation into Broussard and his administration led him to resign in 2010. Broussard was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison after admitting in 2012 that he accepted $66,000 in bribes from a parish contractor and arranged a job for his wife. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison, which he began serving in May 2013. He was released from a halfway house in September 2016.