North Louisiana Mayor Charged With Five Counts Of Malfeasance In Office

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  • A North Louisiana Mayor has been charged with five counts of malfeasance.

    The Shreveport Times reports:

    Homer Mayor Alecia Smith was arrested late today on five counts of malfeasance in office. She surrendered to the sheriff’s office, posted a $25,000 bond and was released from custody, confirmed Claiborne Parish Sheriff Ken Bailey.

    She was arrested by state police, which is the investigating agency, Bailey said.

    Details of the charges filed against Smith were not immediately available. Troop G spokesman Brett Davis said he is waiting for additional information before distributing a news release.

    Smith’s term has been fraught with turmoil, particularly when it comes to relations with the police department and Chief Russell Mills. The two have been at odds for years over funding and personnel issues. At least two attempts have been made to disband the department, the latest happening in December.

    Smith made history in 2010 when she became the town’s first female mayor. She was appointed on a 3-2 vote to replace former Mayor David Newell following his resignation. She won election in the fall.

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