Two Sorrento policemen resign

Wade McIntyre

SORRENTO – The town police department has been reduced down to two full-time police officers after the sudden resignations of two newly-hired officers, Chief Earl Theriot said Tuesday.

In a special meeting held Sunday, the council accepted resignations from Donald Anderson and Ronald Lightell, as recommended by Theriot.

Anderson, who lives in Slidell, had been employed one month. Lightell worked for the department one week.

Theriot said he was “blindsided” by the sudden resignations which he said were for personnel reasons.

He said Anderson left for a higher paying job, and may have been influenced by the town’s new ordinance that does not allow officers to take home police vehicles if they live outside the parish.

Until new officers are hired, Sorrento’s two full-time officers will be supported “by a couple of reserve officers” and himself, Theriot said. Michael Liker, a non-paid officer, also helps out, the chief said.

The council also held a special meeting Jan. 22 to authorize the maintenance department to clean up a property on Everett Street due to non-compliance by the property owners.

During a regular meeting Tuesday, council members agreed to automatically renew the town waste removal contract with Allied Waste.