- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Two members of Livingston Parish’s Charter Review Commission have resigned, with one saying the commission is doomed.

Commissioner Rick Ramsey, who also serves as Walker’s mayor, submitted his resignation after a contentious meeting March 18 in which the 10-member commission reversed a decision made a month prior related to the powers of the parish president.

Ramsey said Tuesday the commission’s reversal undermined the group’s credibility by opening the door for accusations of back-door politicking to change votes.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1hqZdh4 ) Commissioner Earl Price resigned Monday, citing unspecified personal reasons.

Ramsey said Tuesday, “The entire commission was doomed for failure from the beginning by the way it was made up.”

With the council members and Parish President Layton Ricks each appointing one commissioner, Ramsey said, the issues of distrust between the two branches automatically carried over into the group assigned the task of recommending changes to the parish’s Home Rule Charter.

Price took a different tone in his resignation letter, saying he was confident commissioners would “work hard to clear up the gray areas” in the charter “and make it a better document.”

Price said he regretted resigning but his other commitments had become too great for him to give the commission the time and energy required.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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