- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Thibodaux City Council has voted 4-1 to ask Council President Chip Badeaux to resign, but he refused.

At the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/1JnIRpx) Badeaux told the crowded council chambers he accepted responsibility for his conviction on federal hunting violations that resulted in a 30-day jail sentence. He also apologized for his actions.

“If I had put my wife, my children and my grandchildren, my friends and the people who voted for me first, this would have never happened,” he said. “I admit not only did I do a wrong thing, but a selfish thing, and I have cried over it and I have prayed over it and I have asked for forgiveness.”

But resigning would violate the duties he swore to perform as an elected official, he said.

“This action in my personal life, while regrettable, does not reflect dishonesty in public service,” he said. “I have devoted the majority of my life to public service and I intend to continue serving the people of Thibodaux with renewed energy and devotion and dedication.”

Former Councilman Eddie Hebert had called for Badeaux to resign.

“Everyone makes mistakes, we all do. But very few make the same mistakes twice. Very few test the laws to the point of extreme. Very few have a cocky attitude and try to pass it off as just a minor offense,” Hebert said.

On March 10, Badeaux pleaded guilty in federal court to hunting ducks with lead shot on opening day and violating a three-year federal probation that included a hunting ban, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Badeaux was fined $560 for hunting with lead shot and sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating probation, which was imposed after he shot and killed 48 ducks near Dularge in 2011, officials said.

He is expected to report to federal prison on Friday.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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