EBR Councilman begins process to remove parish attorney

East Baton Rouge Councilman Cleve Dunn has introduced two emergency items for the Oct. 26th metro council agenda over more fallout from the storm water fees.

One item is to introduce a “notice of intent to remove” EBR Parish Attorney Anderson “Andy” Dotson. The second item aims to question the assistant parish attorney and his knowledge/involvement with the non-disclosure agreement.

Unfiltered with Kiran did reach out to Councilman Dunn, who said he did not want to publicly comment on the matter. The emergency introduction comes after UWK reported on Monday that Dotson’s job may be next over the proposed storm water fee fiasco.

The EBR Asst. Chief Administrative Officer Kelvin Hill resigned three days after two federal agencies said there was not a non-disclosure agreement in place over the storm water utility fee preventing officials from discussing details with council members and the public.

The item will not be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting. It’s simply an introduction of an intent to begin the formal process of possibly removing Dotson.

The agenda item reads that Councilman Dunn wants to remove Andy Dotson as Parish Attorney “due to the loss of confidence in his ability to continue as Parish Attorney.”

The second item is “a discussion and question/answer opportunity with the Parish Attorney regarding the issues including, but not limited to, the role of Bob Abbott regarding the NDA, the stormwater fee item and surrounding issues.

Both items could go into executive session.

Several council members have been vocal saying they believe they were misled specifically by Hill and Dotson under the pretense of a non-disclosure agreement and a rush to get the item voted on, when that was the case according to two separate federal agencies and Congressman Garret Graves.

Depending on what happens at tomorrow’s council meeting, the council administrator would then give official notice to Dotson to hold a hearing for his removal. It would be introduced at the Nov. 9th meeting and possibly voted on two weeks later.

UWK did reach out to Dotson Monday asking for any response. So far, that request has not been answered.

UWK also reached out to Mayor Broome’s Chief of Communications Mark Armstrong multiple times last week via email, phone call and text messages asking for any comments from the mayor. So far, no one has responded.

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