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Who's in charge in the town of Jonesboro?

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's been almost three months since the former mayor of Jonesboro was sentenced to five years in prison on three counts of malfeasance.

The question still remains: who's in charge in Jonesboro? When KNOE reporter Jillian Corder called Jonesboro's town hall and asked who's in charge, she was told "What do you mean?"

Before looking at what's in store for Jonesboro's future you must take a walk down memory lane, at the key moment's in the past year.

In February 2013, then Mayor Leslie Thompson was arrested and charged with three counts of malfeasance in office. This came after several years of incomplete audits revealing missing or misused funds in the town.

Just three months later, Thompson's salary was almost doubled in a 3 to 1 voted by the city council, although the town remained in what legislative auditors called a "fiscal emergency."

In September, Leslie Thompson was put on trial and was found guilty. The next day, the state appointed a fiscal administrator to take over the town's finances.

On September 20, Thompson's wife, Yoshi, was sworn in as interim mayor by Judge Tammy Lee, who later recanted the ceremony. Minutes after Yoshi took the oath, Leslie Thompson's bond was revoked and he was taken to jail.

On October 17, he was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Now, the question is: who's in charge in Jonesboro? Is it the Mayor Pro-Tem Devin Flowers, or the possible Interim Mayor Yoshi Thompson? Another option could be that the fiscal administrator has assumed all responsibility.

According to the Secretary of State's office, Yoshi's swearing-in is still awaiting the opinion of the Attorney General, who's office can not give KNOE a timeline of when an opinion will be filed.

No matter who, if anyone, is in charge now, there will be an election on November 4, 2014, where a new mayor will be elected for Jonesboro. In the meantime, some in the Jackson Parish town are left looking for a leader.

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