Baton Rouge Redevelopment Director Resigns

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) — The leader of the East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority, who has been under fire in recent weeks because the agency he runs is out of money, has tendered his resignation.

         Walter Monsour served as the chief administrative officer for Mayor-President Kip Holden before taking the position in 2008.

         In recent months, The Advocate’s Rebekah Allen reports Monsour drew the unexpected ire of Holden after he publicly announced the RDA was out of money. Holden said he would not provide recurring funds to the agency.

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         But the RDA board voted to ask the Metro Council for $3 million to save the agency.

         Holden responded by accusing Monsour of being ineffective and of irresponsibly eating up the agency's budget with his own $365,000 compensation package.

         Monsour submitted his resignation Monday.

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