Following his guilty plea St. Landry Parish board member John Miller resigned his post. He admitted to federal authorities that he and another board member asked Assistant Superintendent Joseph Cassimere for money in exchange for support.
Thursday evening the board elected Miller's replacement. Seven members of the board voted in local business man Faltery Jolivette. But any impact he has on the board or parish could be minimized by the fact he may be only there till the fall because the board also voted to hold a special election to fill Miller's seat avoiding intervention from Governor Bobby Jindal.
Four candidates for John Miller's seat spoke before the St. Landry Parish School Board announcing why they are running for the temporary position. But with seven votes from the board local business owner Faltery Jolivette walked away the victor. The district three seat was officially vacated by board member John Miller on July 1 following Miller's resignation.
Miller pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery relating to the appointment of superintendent with Miller offering his vote to assistant superintendent Cassimere in exchange for $5,000 and now faces up to five years in prison. Board member Quincy Richard was also charged in the alleged pay-for-play incident, but has pleaded not guilty.
The board also voted on Thursday to hold a special election on October 19 to permanently fill the seat. Jolivette says his name will be on the ballot.
In October, voters will also be considering the vacancy left by the unexpected death of Ronald Carriere back in March. Donnie Perron, who served as acting superintendent right before Cassimere, is holding Carriere's seat until then.