Anna Reed explains her resignation from the OPPJ
Anna Reed is clearing the air about how she ended up representing a district in Ouachita Parish she didn't live in.
"A person that I know came to me and said, 'Anna, you need to check, I was looking at the new map where they redid the redistricting and I don't think you're in District F, and you need to check,'" said Reed.
Reed submitted her letter of resignation from the jury after she determined she doesn’t live in District F where she was serving, but instead lives in District D.
Here's what she claims happened.
In 2007, Reed, living in District F at the time, voted for former juror Pat Moore. In 2011 and 2015, Moore ran unopposed.
The problem is that in 2010, the Parish redrew district lines, moving Reed’s home to District D. Since Moore was the only candidate on the ballot, Reed never voted for that race, leaving the impression she still lived in her old district.
“Again I am a stickler about people running out of district, so I would never have done that. I want to make that clear. I would never have done that. I didn’t know. Nobody knew,” said Reed.
Police Jury President Shane Smiley admits the jury made a mistake by not vetting Reed's address.
"It's just one of those things that fell through the cracks that was just missed and it's no excuse for it. It's unfortunate. It's especially unfortunate for District F since they're without representation for a period of time," said Smiley.
But, Reed's time with OPPJ may not be over.
Dr. Ollibeth Reddix announced on Facebook she won't seek re-election for District D, and wants Reed as her replacement.
Reed had previously agreed at the time when she took over Moore's seat in May, that she would not seek an elected role on the jury. But now, she wants to take over for Reddix.
"The question was, 'would you seek this position in the future?" My response, 'at this time, I have no desire for this seat.' At this time covers that. Everybody seems to have forgotten that. At the moment, at this time, I don't plan to seek that seat. But again, I was true to my word. I'm not going to seek that seat, that's F. I live in D," said Reddix.
Smiley says the Jury will have to reinforce the current rules set in place to prevent mishaps like this from happening again.
The police jury will appoint a new interim once her resignation is accepted by the Louisiana Secretary of State. OPPJ will then have 20 days to appoint an interim juror once they receive the formal notice from the state.
The next term for OPPJ members start in January. Elections are scheduled for this fall.