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Alexandria’s Missing Mayor (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-01-27

Duration: 00:07:55

Subjects: Snyder, John K., 1922-1993 | Local governments


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Price, Janet Interviewee
  • Bolen, Jay Interviewee
  • Leggett, Jim Interviewee
  • Dorsey, Errol Interviewee


This segment from the January 27, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the Alexandria City Council’s investigation into Mayor John Snyder’s month-long absence from his office. Ekings reports that Snyder temporarily transferred his power to the City Council President for 72 hours. She interviews: Janet Price, a mayoral aide, on Snyder conducting business from home for the past month due to illness; City Council Member Jay Bolen on receiving phone calls from concerned constituents; Jim Leggett, a local newspaper reporter, on Snyder’s previous absences from work and whether the city can function without a mayor; and Errol Dorsey, the City Council President, on the need to have a mayor to run city government. Ekings also interviews Alexandria residents, who discuss their view of Mayor Snyder’s job performance.