District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today that the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed the 10th Judicial District Court ruling regarding former Campti Mayor Mozella Bell.
The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel affirmed the finding that “Ms. Bell never met the residency and domicile requirements of the office of mayor of Campti.” The court also ruled that Bell could not cure the residency violation by moving into the town limits.
Upon complaints filed by two registered voters of Campti, Harrington filed suit, as required by law, challenging Bell’s residency.
During a civil trial, the district court ruled that Bell did not meet the domiciliary requirements of her office and declared the office of mayor vacant.
The Secretary of State will order a special election for mayor to fill the vacancy.