Cotton Valley mayor speaks out after arrest

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The Mayor of Cotton Valley is speaking out after being arrested by state troopers.

Joseph Alexander is being charged with felony abuse of power and is accused of misusing town funds on two occasions.

Alexander says tension between him, others in the town and Webster Parish has been rising since he took office more than a year ago.

“All of the stuff they have tried to do since I been here hasn’t worked,” Alexander said. “So now they’re trying this.”

At first, the investigation was under the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office. Then, they requested help from the state.

Alexander says the investigation is built on lies the city clerk told law enforcement.

“He told them I said to give me a check to go out of town and that’s an outright lie,” he said.  

Alexander also says he and the Webster Parish Sheriff have not been on speaking terms since ending a contract with the office to have inmates clean the city.

Alexander hired locals instead.

“That was $42,000,” Alexander said. “I don’t know what he was doing with it but he’s really mad about it.”

He says he’s done a lot to help the city. He says he brought in over a million to help their sewage problems.

He says making changes to committees also raised tensions.

Alexander says he is not resigning and he is staying to serve the people.

“It’s not for me,” Alexander said. “If it was just for me I would have been gone. That little thousand dollars a month they pay me ain’t worth the headaches.”

The next Cotton Valley city council meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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