From The Times
Bossier City Council voted against replacing a departing secretary for Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker on Tuesday, the first test of a recently passed hiring freeze that left some behind the dais upset.
"This feels like 'Yeah, I'm all for a hiring freeze, until it effects me,'" Councilman David Jones said.
Bossier City passed a hiring freeze earlier this year stipulating that council would vote on whether to approve new hires for critical positions if existing employees leave.
Tuesday was the first time the ordinance was put to the test. The mayor's office has only four staff employees: a city administrator, a special projects coordinator, an office manager, who is the main receptionist for the office, and a personal secretary for the mayor, who is leaving city employment.
Walker said he needed a personal assistant to help run the city and it was "unbelievable" the council wouldn't renew the position. Without that person, Walker said he was being put in a position where he wouldn't be able to run the city properly.