KSLA Investigates: Mayor of Clarence calls it quits

The small village of Clarence, population of about 500, will soon select a new mayor.

KSLA Investigates: Mayor of Clarence calls it quits
(Source: KSLA)

NATCHITOCHES PARISH (KSLA) - The Mayor of a small Natchitoches parish village and the subject of multiple KSLA Investigations — Tommy Evans — has quit.

KSLA News 12 obtained Evans' resignation letter dated December 24th and received by the Secretary of State’s office yesterday.

“I accepted this position with pride and honor to serve my community, the people of the Village of Clarence to the best of my ability. However, I have not been able to fulfill this obligation due to the numerous amounts of false accusations against me. My family and I have decide that I do not deserve and or need this type of cruelty in my life.”
Tommy Evans

Some residents have accused Evans, who’s been in office since 2016, of being arrogant, disrespectful and unwilling to listen to their concerns.

Evans is also facing a lawsuit filed against him by Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.

Letter of Resignation by on Scribd

Because of the resignation, D.A. Harrington has postponed the next hearing until a later date.

KSLA Investigates reached out to Evans who respectfully declined to comment.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Village of Clarence leaders have 20 days (on or before January 29, 2019) to make an appointment to fill the vacancy.

If not it will be up to the Governor John Bel Edwards.

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