CLINTON — For the second time this year, the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury is looking for a parish manager, as the current one announced last week she's leaving because of jury President Louis Kent.
Sonya J. Crowe told jurors in a special meeting on Oct. 26 she has accepted a job as head of the Finance Department for West Feliciana Parish's government, a post she said she cannot turn down "for a third time" to continue working "somewhere that you don't follow your own policies."
She said her resignation is effective Nov. 7, the day after the jury's next regular meeting.
The jury hired the 34-year-old former Baton Rouge government employee and real estate agent to lead the parish's day-to-day operations on May 9.
She succeeded longtime jury employee Barbara "Babs" Vail, who held the post for little over a year.
Vail took retirement in March after she allegedly sent a text message to another jury employee that used a racially derogatory term about a former jury secretary.
Jurors Chris Hall and Keith Mills questioned why Crowe decided to quit, with Mills noting she apparently had no problems with workers in the office because those attending were fighting back tears.
Crowe finally pointed to Kent, accusing him of working against her.
Kent's denial prompted her to reveal that her meetings with Kent had resulted in shouting matches.
"The last three times you came into my office, it was confrontational," she said of meetings with Kent.
Jury employee Mendy Jenkins told jurors one of the meetings in Crowe's office grew so heated that auditors working in the jury's meeting room seemed embarrassed and asked if they should leave.
Jenkins said she finally closed the door to Crowe's office.
In an Oct. 24 Facebook post, Crowe wrote, "I can't lead if I'm cut off at the knees. I NEED to make progress or my passion to help will die a slow, painful death. I have too much to offer to be subject(ed) to what I have been."
West Feliciana Parish operates on a parish president-parish council system under a home-rule charter. Kevin Couhig is the elected parish president and has a wider range of powers than a police jury president such as Kent.