Kenner Council votes tonight on call for Yenni's resignation

Kenner Council votes tonight on call for Yenni's resignation

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Thursday night, the Kenner City Council will become the latest governing body to react to Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni's ongoing texting controversy.

Earlier this month, Yenni admitted to engaging in "inappropriate" texting conversations with a young man.

The move by Kenner officials is significant because it is the city where Yenni previously served as mayor before becoming parish president. Kenner is also Yenni's hometown.

The Jefferson Parish Council, the Gretna Council, Westwego officials and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand have already formally called for Yenni to resign.

Some Kenner Council members said Yenni's actions have caused the citizens of Jefferson Parish and the citizens of Kenner grave concern about his ability to effectively govern as parish president. They also said Kenner has been and will continue to be negatively affected by what they believe is Yenni's diminished ability to effectively govern.

Since the controversy became public, Yenni has said he will not resign.  Instead, he said he plans to work harder for the parish and regain citizens' trust.

A recall petition has been filed by a Jefferson Parish attorney, who has six months to collect more than 90,000 signatures to bring the issue to a vote of the people.

And not only will Kenner Council members vote on calling for Yenni's resignation, Harahan officials will vote on the same issue at their council meeting this evening.

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