BALL, La. (KALB) - News Channel 5 has received several messages and tips that the former mayor of the Town of Ball and convicted felon, Roy Hebron, who was recently barred from holding office, was being considered for a position for the Town of Ball.
Mayor Willie Bishop told us that Hebron has not been hired, nor has he applied for any position with the town. However, Bishop said they are, “still in the process of discussing,” but would not elaborate on what position he is being considered for.
Bishop took over as mayor after the Louisiana State Supreme Court denied to hear the writ application of whether Hebron could hold office after being elected in November of 2018.
Hebron, a convicted felon, soundly won the election for mayor in 2018, but was barred from holding office by a judge because of a constitutional amendment that passed in the same election that prohibits convicted felons from holding office for five years after their sentence is over.
Hebron is a convicted federal felon for conspiring to defraud FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. He served time in federal prison and wrapped up probation in 2017.
Runner-up in the mayoral election and incumbent at the time, Neil Kavanagh, filed suit against Hebron on Dec. 17 of last year and sought a declaratory judgment and an injunction to prevent Hebron from taking or holding office in January. A Rapides Parish judge sided with Kavanagh and the Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the decision. The Louisiana Supreme Court chose not to hear another appeal of the case.
The council passed a resolution earlier this month that prevented Kavanagh from holding office for the 2019-2023 term. That’s where the town council voted in Bishop as interim mayor. An election is set for Oct. 12 to fill the position.