Mayor asks city attorney to resign

Mayor Bob Morris has asked City Attorney Jacque Pucheu to resign.

Asked for comment Thursday, Morris said he considered a letter to Pucheu a private matter between the two and did not intend it for public discussion.

Pucheu said essentially the same thing.

Morris asserts in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Eunice News, that he believes the attorney has violated several state statues.

He also said he believes Pucheu has violated several Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct.

Morris says he has twice asked Pucheu to step down in the 14 months since he became mayor and that this week's letter is a more formal request.

"I am again asking for you to turn in your resignation. You can cite personal reasons or personality conflict with the Mayor or whatever you wish. You can say you can't work with a jerk like me," Morris says.

Barring that, the mayor says, he will "proceed to do what I have to do."

According to a review of the Lawrason Act, which governs municipalities, on the City Attorneys Assn. website, a mayor can neither appoint or remove a city attorney without City Council approval.

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