New WC mayor appeals ethics fine

Deidre Cruse

White Castle's new mayor, Gerald Jermarr Williams, is asking the Louisiana Board of Ethics to waive $1,400 in fines levied for filing two reports weeks late.

The board will consider Williams' appeal when it meets Thursday and Friday in Baton Rouge, but the attorney handling the case has recommended the board “decline to waive based on the level of activity reported.”

“Since the campaign, I've experienced five deaths [in the family], and it's really been hard to accept,” Williams wrote the board when he filed his two reports on December 8. “I'm asking you to consider waiving the late fees. I really didn't have too many organizations, businesses, etc. to assist me with my campaign.”

According to ethics attorney Alesia Ardoin, the reports due on September 22 and October 12 showed $1,538 in contributions and $999 in expenditures.

Williams’ predecessor, Maurice “Big Moe” Brown, was thrown off the fall ballot because he failed to pay an ethics fine levied in 2009.