JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - On Thursday, two city councils joined the list of governing bodies wanting Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni to resign after he admitted to inappropriately texting a young man.
"I pray for his family," Kenner Councilwoman Maria C. DeFrancesch said, "but the bottom line is even as we pray there has to be some kind of action that we take."
At their monthly meetings, the Kenner and Harahan councils unanimously voted in favor of resolutions asking Yenni to resign immediately.
The resolution is significant in Kenner, where Yenni served six years as mayor.
"This particular one is not only one that relates to our moralistic responsibilities, but it relates to the most important aspect of our community which is our children," Kenner Councilman Gregory Carroll said.
"To be the head of Jefferson Parish and to be caught in a scandal like that is - I've had many calls from citizens and they're calling for him to be out also," Harahan Councilman Craig Johnston said.
The governing bodies join the Jefferson Parish Council, Westewego Council, Gretna officials and Sheriff Newell Normand, who have all denounced the parish president's actions.
"I would ask every registered voter in Jefferson Parish to sign the recall petition and let's get this over with," Kenner Councilman Keith Reynaud said.
A recall effort is underway to try and force Yenni out of office. More than 90,000 signatures of Jefferson Parish residents are needed to bring the issue to a vote of the people.
Those leading the recall effort believe it is attainable.
"My understanding as of yesterday, we have 8,000 signatures," recall supporter Mike Bowler said. "That's going pretty strong for two weeks. I would think that we would look at probably getting to the 90,000 signature mark earlier than what is necessary."
Yenni has continuously said he plans to stay on as parish president and work to regain the trust of citizens.
The council resolutions do not obligate him to resign.