DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - The City of DeRidder has filed a lawsuit against a city councilman-elect.
Michael D. Harris won an at-large city council seat in a runoff in April, but the city now says he didn't live within the city for a year prior to qualifying, thus does not meet the requirements. Harris is scheduled to be sworn in on July 1.
The city claims in a lawsuit filed in Beauregard District Court that Harris switched his homestead exemption from a property outside the city limits to a property within city limits on Jan. 16, 2017. The lawsuit says that qualification required one year of actual residence and one year of domicile within the city prior to the qualifying dates of Jan. 3-5, 2018.
The law reads:
Harris, though, says he has long maintained two residences.
Harris said in a statement: