St. Landry District Attorney Asks Court to Remove Opelousas Councilman from Seat

OPELOUSAS, La. (KPEL News) – An Opelousas City Council member’s job could be at stake due to his location.

St. Landry County District Attorney Chad Pitre filed a motion in an Opelousas court to remove Opelousas City Councilman Floyd Ford from office for not living in his county.

Photo credit: St. Landry DA Chad Pitre/Facebook

Photo credit: St. Landry DA Chad Pitre/Facebook

According to our news partners at KATC, Ford’s address is listed in the Louisiana Secretary of State’s elected officials database as being on the 800 block of Planters Street in Opelousas, but Pitre’s petition claims that Ford actually resides on the 1900 block of Meadow Run.

According to Pitre’s court filing, the petition is based on a complaint by Delita Rubin Broussard, Ford’s opponent in the December B District runoff. Ford won office in 2018 and is currently running for re-election.

A hearing is scheduled for November 30 at 9 a.m. to decide whether or not to remove Ford from office.

Broussard claims Ford no longer lives in the district, which KATC says is a requirement of the Lawrason Act, which governs how Opelousas’ government will be established. Prosecutors had to submit the petition based on this information.

Attachment-Opelousas City Council District b

Photo credit: Floyd Ford/Facebook

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The petition alleges that Pitre conducted an investigation and found that Ford does not live in the town of Opelousas but at the Meadow Run house, which is outside the city limits.

The petition states that Ford is claiming his homestead exemption for the Meadow Run home, and that neighbors of that home will testify that he lives there. The petition also claims that neighbors of the Planters Street home will testify that Ford has not lived there for many years.

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