FOX 8: Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts Resigns

(WVUE/FOX 8) Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts has resigned his position, according to his attorney Eddie Castaing.

Jefferson Parish officials were shocked by the announcement and told it was a personal issue.

“I was supremely surprised, it is a very abrupt resignation," Councilwoman Jennnifer van Franken said. "So I was very surprised by the suddenness of it. There was no indication from Chris Roberts to any of the other members of the council that this was coming.”

Roberts was investigated in early 2017 when a federal grand jury subpoenaed 6 years worth of financial records from him. No criminal action came from that, and Roberts told reporters he was confident he would be cleared. Council people would not comment if the resignation was related to tax issues or the federal investigation.

The council has 30 days to fill the seat Roberts has vacated.

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