Stacy Head

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Stacy Head
Head addresses Mid-City New Orleans neighborhood board meeting, 2006.
President New Orleans City Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Personal details
Born Stacy Aline Singleton Head
(1969-06-30) June 30, 1969 (age 45)
Louisiana, United States
Political party Democratic

Stacy Aline Singleton Head (born June 30, 1969)[1] is an American lawyer and the current President of the New Orleans City Council.

Early Life and Career[edit]

Head was born in 1969 as the daughter of Katherine Hamberlin Singleton and Ernest Lynn Singleton. She grew up in Greensburg, Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana.[2] She has a (younger) brother, Michael Lynn Singleton.[3]

Head is by profession an attorney-at-law; she clerked for Phelps Dunbar LLC from 1991 to 1995 when she finished her juris doctor degree at Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center and began working for Stanley, Flanagan & Reuter LLC. Her association with politics had begun when, as an undergraduate, she worked for the Louisiana Legislature although at the time she anticipated no notion of ever seeking elective office. That interest began in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when the New Orleans City Council "unanimously asked Gov. Kathleen Blanco to extend daylight-saving time just for Orleans Parish"—an idea which Head found not only "impractical" but also "tinged with mad futility"; she compared it to King Canute's attempt to hold back the sea.[2] In June 2007 she completed Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government course for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.[citation needed]

Head seeks reelection to District B in 2010.

Election to city council[edit]

Head was elected to the New Orleans City Council in 2006, defeating incumbent Renée Gill Pratt and becoming the first white person to represent District B in 31 years. Head's candidacy benefited from concerns about governmental effectiveness and efficiency in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, developers who had obviated the desires of neighborhood residents, and affinities between incumbent Gill Pratt and then-Congressman William J. Jefferson (D), already under investigation on a variety of felony charges.[4] Bruce Nolan of the Times-Picayune has described as "intense, caffeinated personal" Head's approach to her work on the Council.[2] New Orleans writer Nordette Adams (nomme de plume Vérité Parlant) has described Head as a "drama queen" (together with less-flattering designations).[5]

Garbage and e-mail controversies[edit]

In 2008, Head began delving into the relationship between fees collected and services rendered by the Sanitation Department,[6] which, along with its director Veronica White, was alleged by WWL-TV New Orleans Channel 4 (CBS) to be on too-friendly terms with the office of mayor Ray Nagin.[7] The Council generally supported Head's inquiries.[citation needed]

Retaliation to garbage inquiry[edit]

White retaliated by giving thousands of e-mail messages, from the computer accounts of the four white members of the Council, to activist lawyer Tracie Washington, under the proviso of freedom of information but without proper redaction by city attorney Penya Moses-Fields, to remove statements protected by law. Washington, sympathetic to White, had set about to post the messages on the internet when a federal court, at the request of sources supportive of the Council, enjoined Washington from doing so and subpoenaed (and acquired) White's computers to thwart the possibility that messages on them from the Council might become published.[8]

That e-mail controversy followed on the heels of an earlier e-mail controversy, after WWL-TV New Orleans Channel 4 (CBS) sued the mayor's office in an attempt to gain 6 months of e-mails as a public record.[9]

In the context of the convoluted e-mail controversies Times-Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry proposed (perhaps tongue in cheek) that Council members communicate exclusively by means other than e-mail.[10] DeBerry's column was met with a letter-to-the-editor rejoinder by Steven J. Lane (a legal counsel in the city attorney's office), who—after analyzing the potential insecurities of communication via snail-mail, fax, telephone, and face-to-face conversation—described DeBerry's recommendation as folly.[11] DeBerry observed that Lane's assertions his office needed more time to vet the e-mails was met by Civil District Judge Madeleine Landrieu's retort that "We're not going to take thousands of hours"; then DeBerry commented:

I don't know how to reconcile Lane's suggestion that going through all the e-mails amounts to a Herculean task with Lane's suggestion that going through all the e-mails can take a few weeks with Lane's suggestion that going through all the e-mails can take "thousands of hours."[12]

On 2009 May 27 the Times-Picayune reported that the number of e-mails involved in the suit by WWL-TV was 135,144 and that vetting of them could take up to 15 months, despite a cautionary statement that "We're not going to take thousands of hours" by District Judge Madeleine Landrieu.[13] On 2009 May 29 the Times-Picayune editorialized against a request by Lane that Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issue a legal opinion on the amount of time available to redact the e-mails and the nature of information which can be withheld. The editorial insisted that

The state's Open Records Act is a straightforward statute, with ample jurisprudence and set mechanisms for resolving disputes in court.[14]

Internet posting[edit]

On 2009 May 13, prior to a stay ordered by the state supreme court, Washington briefly posted on the internet certain of Head's e-mail messages. The messages, wrote Bruce Eggler in the Times-Picayune,

appeared to have been chosen to cause her [Head] maximum personal and political embarrassment.
They contain disparaging references to City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson and other public figures and an irate description of the allegedly extravagant purchases of a food-stamp recipient in line ahead of Head at a grocery. In the latter message, Head, a Democrat, threatens to vote for "the freak" Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his "trash bag" running mate, Sarah Palin.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Observing that in the e-mails Head had labeled Clarkson an "ASSS" (sic), James Gill took the occasion to criticize Head's spelling:

It is quite an achievement for an elected official to turn off Democrats and Republicans in one sentence, and no doubt Head will be more careful with her e-mails from now on. Perhaps that will improve her spelling.[22]

When Head began publishing the e-mail messages herself on 2009 May 18,[23] she was promptly interviewed by WDSU-TV. In the interview Head said that "The person who hates me deep down more than anything has had my e-mails" in referring to Tracie Washington.[24]

As Head's e-mail messages became public, by 2009 June 25 it was apparent that "hostility" (the word used by the Times-Picayune) between Head and Washington involved assessments of Washington's house, messages by Head to her lawyer confidante Nyka Scott alleging that Washington's home had been under-valued by the assessor to lower Washington's taxes. Head's e-mail also revealed thoughts and potential plans for a retaliatory demonstration in front of Washington's house after a demonstration by Washington's supporters in front of Head's house.[25] Head had incorrectly indicated Washington's house as being in the assessment territory of assessor Nancy Marshall, but the property is actually in the territory of assessor Henry Heaton. Both Marshall and Heaton said that Head had never communicated with either of them about the valuation of Washington's property—a request that they said would have been unethical in that the City Council reviews appeals of assessments retroactively but does not interfere with assessments of individuals proactively. City Council president Arnie Fielkow clarified:

I don't think it's right of us that are privileged to be on City Council to be asking others to look at assessments of particular people. I think that's very wrong.[26]

Head denied that alleging an underassessed value for Washington's property had anything to do with their nemesis relationship:

If somebody has done something that I perceive is wrong, are they then immune from me taking any appropriate action? I can't live that way. I try very hard to be even in the way that I deal with things. There are multiple entities that I've reported to the IRS, multiple entities that I've reported to the assessor as questionable nonprofit status.[27]

On 2009 December 7 an echo of the e-mail controversies reverberated when New Orleans police chief Warren J. Riley claimed that Head had written a derogatory e-mail about him. He had apparently trashed the e-mail and was unable to retrieve it when questioned at a press conference.[28]

Recall drive[edit]

Head faced a recall petition in late 2008 continuing into 2009, ostensibly for not representing the African American community and then for her support of Republican candidate Anh "Joseph" Cao, in his successful 2008 challenge to incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative William J. Jefferson, considered Gill Pratt's ally or even mentor.[29] Two days (on 2009 December 8) after Cao's victory, WDSU-TV carried a statement by Mayor Nagin that Head had made "race-baiting" comments.[30] The vitriolic quality of the environment had already been evident in allegations on a left-wing web site dubbing Head a "notorious racist and poor people hater" as well as a "partner in evil" with fellow Council member James Carter, an African American.[31] The recall petition officially began on 2008 November 3, when recall leader Malcolm Suber formed, for the purpose, an organization calling itself Citizens for Accountability and Transparency in Government (CATG). On 2009 March 9, a week after the petition garnered the support of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Suber claimed to have collected over half the requisite signatures, despite protests from African American constituents who defended Head on WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC).[32] James Gill, Times-Picayune essayist, lampooned the situation with a column titled "Of all the accusations against Stacy Head, only one sticks—she's white" (Suber is black; Cao is Vietnamese American).[33] Head dismissed the leaders of the petition to recall her as "poverty pimps" pursuing their own agendas. Political scientist Ed Chervenak described the recall effort as the "opening shot in an anybody-but-Head councilmanic campaign" to emerge in Summer 2009. Head at first declined to indicate her reelection plans or lack of them[2] but soon, and generally, indicated to WDSU-TV and WIST-Radio New Orleans AM 690 (Fox News Radio) her intention to be a candidate for 2010 reelection.[34] The recall drive failed to produce the required 18,000 signatures within 180 days. Head had this to say about the leaders of the recall:

Given the momentum that reform and progressive politics has [sic] had recently, they are, I'm sure, having trouble dealing with their obsolescence. . . . This is a last-ditch effort to maintain relevance.[35]

As of 2009 July 23, no challenger had "stepped up" explicitly.[36] Head was reelected on 2010 February 6 with 67 percent (10132 votes) to 33 percent (5021) for Corey Watson, an electrical engineer and minister whose father had founded New Orleans' Watson Memorial United Ministries.[37]

Head subsequently endorsed Cao in his 2010 reelection campaign in which he was challenged by Democrat Cedric Richmond.[38]

Mayor's outlook and Jefferson factor[edit]

In a mid-March 2009 interview on WVUE-TV New Orleans Channel 8 (Fox), Nagin said, with regard to the councilmembers' e-mail messages, that White had "followed the policy"; Nagin declined, however, to rule out disciplinary action in either White's case or that of the city's Chief Technology Officer, Harrison Boyd, who supplied the e-mail messages to her.[39] But simultaneously, in another proceeding, Nagin had been defending his own e-mails from disclosure, whereupon Times-Picayune columnist Stephanie Grace accused him of "inconsistency" and noted a similar behavior with respect to New Orleans Katrina-recovery czar Ed Blakely; Grace wrote:

The fact that many of the mayor's records had been purged didn't come to light until WWL went to court. In a separate suit . . . outgoing Recovery Director Ed Blakely said in an affidavit that he deleted most of his e-mails after being told that his inbox had exceeded its space limit. The message came two months after the [Times-Picayune] newspaper requested the records.[40]

On 2009 May 22, James Gill posited a network of individuals tied to former congressman Jefferson (whom Mayor Nagin had endorsed for reelection) as out to get Head’s head. Gill noted that Gill Pratt had been Jefferson’s aide when Jefferson served two terms in the Louisiana Senate a generation earlier, from which position she advanced to the state House of Representatives and then to the New Orleans City Council, all the while, according to Gill, steering "vast sums of money to non-profits established by Jefferson’s brother, Mose Jefferson, and his sister, Property Tax Assessor Betty Jefferson"; then "the Jeffersons just helped themselves to the money" until Mose was "charged with bribing" the Orleans Parish School Board. Head was a fly in the Jeffersons’ ointment as she upended Gill Pratt from reelection to the City Council. Renée Gill Pratt, the columnist said, was at the "Celebration of Service" staged for Jefferson two weeks prior to the start of his 2009 June 2 trial on 16 felony counts.[41] As Gill Pratt—after Head defeated her for reelection—was appointed director of one of the Jeffersons’ non-profits, Tracie Washington came on the scene, organizing a "Justice for Jefferson Steering Committee" in which she, as chairwoman, said that the "Machiavellian twisting of Karl Rove and his Brownshirts" had been directed, in league with the press, at Jefferson as victim. Head provided additional effrontery by endorsing Joseph Cao, the Republican who ousted Jefferson from Congress.[42] On 2009 August 5, virtually 7 months after the day when Cao defeated him, William J. Jefferson was convicted on 11 felony counts;[43] two weeks later Mose Jefferson was convicted on four counts involving bribery.[44]

In the meantime Head had continued assaulting the garbage-collection fees, on 2009 July 30 proposing to eliminate general-fund subsidies to the fees so that residents, irrespective of neighborhood, would face the actual costs on their bills. Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell countered that "I don't think that will pass" whereupon Head responded:

We always want to get something for nothing in government. . . ; our job . . . is to get people to the harsh reality that we have to pay for services.[45]

S&WB controversy[edit]

In 2012 Head sought election to an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council. As a member of the city's Sewage and Water Board (S&WB), she had information on subsidized rates charged to public entities such as firehouses and asserted that the lower rates cause some of the public entities to waste water at the expense of other subscribers. She alleged situations of water use by public entities which were really just "shoppers who live in other parishes" or vacant lots.[46]

Representative at-large[edit]

After besting Cynthia Willard-Lewis for the at-large seat, Head soon attracted the ire of council members Jon D. Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for announcing plans by Big Lots to open a store in New Orleans East (an earlier Big Lots store there closed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005). Hedge-Morrell asserted that the announcement should have been made by Johnson, in whose district the store was to go, or jointly by Johnson and Head. Johnson said that he had delayed making an announcement because Big Lots' plans were still unconcluded.[47] Another perception of the situation was that Head was merely repaying in kind the votes by Johnson and Willard-Lewis to block Head's nomination of Errol George to replace Head in the District B seat, which instead went to Diana Bajoie.[48]

Personal life[edit]

Head is married to accountant Jeremy Thomas Head,[2] and the couple has "two children and one dog" according to her New Orleans City Council web site, which also lists her involvement in Trinity Episcopal Church and a host of civic activities.[49] As a teenager she was chosen queen of the Oyster Festival in Amite, Louisiana, seat of Tangipahoa Parish.

Election history[edit]

Councilmember, New Orleans District B, 2006

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, 2006 April 22

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Renée Gill Pratt Democratic 7,042 (40%) Runoff
Stacy Head Democratic 6,691 (38%) Runoff
Others n.a. 3,893 (22%) Defeated

Second Ballot, 2006 May 20

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Stacy Head Democratic 10,214 (54%) Elected
Renée Gill Pratt Democratic 8,694 (46%) Defeated

First Ballot, 2012 March 24

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Austin Badon Democratic 7893 (18.27%) Defeated
William "Poppa" Gant No party 367 (0.85%) Defeated
Andrew Gressett Republican 825 (1.91%) Defeated
Stacy Head Democratic 18468 (42.76%) Advanced to runoff
Gary Coldewy Landrieu Democratic 720 (1.67%) Defeated
Norbert Rome No party 207 (0.48%) Defeated
Cynthia Willard-Lewis Democratic 14713 (34.06%) Advanced to runoff

Second Ballot, 2012 April 21

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Stacy Head Democratic 27,787 (50.25%) Elected
Cynthia Willard-Lewis Democratic 27,506 (49.75%) Defeated

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "City Council inset". Times-Picayune Saint Tammany Edition (print version only). 2010-05-03. pp. B2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Stacy Head has rubbed some people the wrong way, but supporters say her brash style is misunderstood". New Orleans Times-Picayune Saint Tammany Edition. 2009-04-09. pp. A1, A4–A5. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Peoplesearch.com information on Stacy Head.
  4. ^ Laureen Lentz, "Stacy Head, City Council District B: A leader for the heart of the city" on New Orleans Metblogs, 2006 March 31. Cf. the contest between Jay Batt and Shelley Stephenson Midura in District A. In May 2009 Gill Pratt—along with Mose Jefferson, Betty Jefferson, and Angela Jefferson Coleman—was indicted on federal racketeering charges. Within a week after the indictment, John Pope, in the Times-Picayune ("Gill Pratt named to SUNO Cabinet" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 28, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A11; web version = Gill Pratt will sit on SUNO Cabinet), described Mose Jefferson as "Gill Pratt's longtime companion"—a situation noted as being "as close as it gets" by columnist Stephanie Grace ("All in the Jefferson family" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 28, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B7).
  5. ^ "Whose shoes are these anyway?: Stacy Head's emails, Tracie Washington's protest: Ain't no mess like a NOLA mess" posted 2009 May 16 (accessed 2009 May 22). Cf. earlier allegations regarding Head's personality: "Stacy Head...yada yada yada" posted by Ashley Morris on 2007 July 11; "Stacy Head doesn't want you to save your seat" posted on Humid Haney Rant (accessed 2009 May 22) and the rejoinder "Stacy Head: Ambassador for New Orleans" posted 2008 April 29.
  6. ^ City issues garbage pickup report, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2008 December 29 (accessed 2009 March 18).
  7. ^ Council and Mayor's Office at odds over garbage 'audit' reported by Bigad Shaban on 2008 December 9 (accessed 2009 March 18). Continuing story with photograph from a Council meeting = WWL TV: Stacy Head vows to forge on, despite political backlash, Times-Picayune, 2009 March 18 (accessed 2009 March 19).
  8. ^ David Hammer, Source: Feds take possession of Veronica White's computers, Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2009 March 13 (accessed 2009 March 18).
  9. ^ Becky Bohrer, "Spotlight on New Orleans transparency" in Daily Star [Hammond, Louisiana], 2009 March 31, p. 4A, same as Spotlight on transparency in New Orleans).
  10. ^ Jarvis DeBerry, If it's private, don't send it in your e-mail, Times-Picayune, 2009 March 13 (accessed 2009 March 19).
  11. ^ Steven J. Lane, Use of e-mail unavoidable in the 21st century, Times-Picayune, 2009 March 19, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B6 (web site accessed 2009 March 19). DeBerry (Lawyer might try looking up 'disclosure') rejoined on April 5 (Times-Picayune, Saint Tammany Edition, "Other Opinions" page); Lane retaliated on April 11 (Mail must be vetted for privileged information, Times-Picayune, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B4).
  12. ^ Jarvis DeBerry, "Council's e-mails a long time coming" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 8, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B7. DeBerry returned to the theme on 2009 May 18, calling Lane "Dr. Privilege" for declaring "just about everything privileged" (Jarvis DeBerry, "Dr. Privilege: Council's lawyer hass the Rx for embarrassing correspondence" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 18, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5.
  13. ^ Michelle Krupa, "Review of N.O. council's e-mail expected to take a year" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 27, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. B1, B2 (quotation from Landrieu is on p. B2); web version = Lengthy review of e-mail forecast/.
  14. ^ "A puzzling request" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 29, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B6 (editorial page).
  15. ^ Bruce Eggler, "Stacy Head's e-mails briefly released on website" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 14.
  16. ^ Michelle Krupa, "Clarkson dismisses degrading comments made in e-mail flap").
  17. ^ Bruce Eggler, TV station receives council e-mails in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 16, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A5.
  18. ^ Bruce Eggler, Stacy Head fires back at critics, says she will release her own e-mails).
  19. ^ Charlene Comstock-Galagan, "Sidewalks are impassable"
  20. ^ Letters supporting Head: K. McCrocklin, "Glad Head speaks her mind"; Pat McKinney, "Official will pay for indiscretion"; Mandy Foster, e-mail used for good, too; David Eidler, Bottom line: Effectiveness; Steven J. Lane, City Council wants to review, release e-mails; Thaddeo Babiiha "Let the e-mail thing go"; Polly Henderson, "Head is a good public servant"
  21. ^ Letters opposing Head: Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc, Judgmental e-mail, reaction are disheartening; John Scurich, Just buy your own computer; Laurie Dennery Molnar, Why so quick to judge?; Alonquin Brown, Suspicions on Head confirmed; Terri Troncale, The food police;; Esther Braxton, "Campaign e-mail raises flag"
  22. ^ James Gill, Will semi-literate e-mails spell doom???? in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 17, Metro Edition, p. B5. On 2009 May 21 the Times-Picayune editorial cartoon by Steve Skelley displayed a little girl pointing to her brother and telling her mother: "Billy used Stacy Head language again" (Saint Tammany Edition, p. B6).
  23. ^ Bruce Eggler & Frank Donze, "Head posts first batch of e-mail" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 19, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A7 (web version = "Councilwoman Stacy Head begins releasing e-mails"). Fourteen of her e-mails first appeared on Head's web site (accessed 2009 May 18). See also Jarvis DeBerry, in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 19, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5 (web version = Stacy Head's e-mails unflattering, incomplete"). The attention to Head's e-mails gave society columnist Chris Rose satirical occasion to begin "releasing" his own fictitious e-mail messages to fellow columnist Sheila Stroup about fellow columnist Angus Lind; Rose "made public" the first such message on 2009 May 19 (Chris Rose, "The Chris Rose e-mails" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 19, Saint Tammany Edition, p. C1; web version = "Chris Rose releases first e-mail: more to come"). The following day, setting the tone for a series, Rose continued to parody Head's e-mail style, but with Stroup as the addressee and Lind as the subject—"Chris Rose releases second e-mail" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 20.
  24. ^ Stacy Head speaks out on e-mail controversy. That WDSU web site (accessed 2009 May 20) contains an audiovisual link in which Head speaks and Washington briefly appears.
  25. ^ Michelle Krupa, "Stacy Head's e-mail details hostility" in Times-Picayune, 2009 June 25, Metro Edition, p. A1.
  26. ^ Michelle Krupa & Frank Donze, "N.O. assessor wants no part of council flap" in Times-Picayune, 2009 June 27, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B3.
  27. ^ Head quoted in Jarvis DeBerry, "Expecting apology from Head? Good luck" in Times-Picayune, 2009 July 05, Metro Edition, p. B5. Head further denied that she had even met Washington individually; Washington claimed that they two had met in July 2006 and "that their initial meetings were pleasant" (quoted in Jarvis DeBerry, "At least they're sure they don't agree" in Times-Picayune, 2009 July 07, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5).
  28. ^ Linda Heimann, Is e-mail Riley's imagination? in Times-Picayune, 2010 January 14, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B6.
  29. ^ As noted by Michelle Krupa & Frank Donze in their Anh 'Joseph' Cao beats Rep. William Jefferson in 2nd Congressional District (Times-Picayune, 2008 December 7 [accessed 2009 March 18]), both Head and her City Council colleague Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, also a Democrat, attended Cao's victory celebration. Clarkson, a councilwoman-at-large who is more-entrenched than Head in the New Orleans political scene, has faced no recall petition, which would require a more-extensive undertaking because Clarkson's district is coterminous with the city itself.
  30. ^ "Black Community Fires Back At Stacy Head: Head Targeted For Heated Arguments Between Lawmakers" (accessed 2009 May 18).
  31. ^ Jay Arena, The Unmasking of N.O. Councilman James Carter, 2008 August 08.
  32. ^ Black Residents Defend Stacy Head Amid Recall: Local Group Claims City Council Member Is Racist, 2009 March 9 (accessed 2009 March 18). A few days after the drive to recall Head began, an online petition to dismiss White started. See also Deon Roberts, A petition to remove Veronica White, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2008 November 24 (accessed 2009 March 25). WDSU also claimed that White might not be on an arm's length basis from Suber, in that one of White's Sanitation Department employees, Donald Berryhill, had been assisting CATG ("TV Report: Veronica White may have ties to Stacy Head recall effort" in Times-Picayune, 2009 March 13); the charge against Berryhill was later voided ("Officer cleared in Head recall: Sanitation cop seen at rally against her" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 15).
  33. ^ Gill's column—which appeared in the print edition of the Times-Picayune (New Orleans) on 2009 March 18, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5—touched off hundreds of rambunctious comments on its blog site before day's end on the column's publication. To read them, click here. Cao also faced a recall petition; see attempt to recall Cao. A petition to recall the mayor of suburban Mandeville, Louisiana, amidst controversies unrelated to racial politics in New Orleans per se, failed in February 2009; see the article on Eddie Price Jr.
  34. ^ Three days after Nolan's article, a letter to the editor supported Head and took particular issue with allegations that she had been racist; the letter indicated that Head had actually supplemented the Sanitation Department by personally taking time to collect trash in her district (George Kadair III, Focus on the real issues, Times-Picayune, 2009 April 12, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B4).
  35. ^ Frank Donze & Michelle Krupa, "Head hunters miss the mark in recall attempt" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 09, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B3. Donze & Krupa fittingly render the quotation in the context of the recall attempt's failure, but Head had actually made the comment a few days after the recall petition began.
  36. ^ Michelle Krupa & Frank Donze, "Election could shake up dynamics on N.O. council" in Times-Picayune, 2009 July 23, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. B1, B2 (statement about Head's re-election situation is on p. B2).
  37. ^ Michelle Krupa & Frank Donze, "Landrieu landslide" in Times-Picayune, 2010 February 7, Metro Edition, pp. A1, A8-A10 (not online); see also Michelle Krupa, "Corey Watson, son of Uptown minister Tom Watson, to challenge Stacy Head for City Council seat" in Times-Picayune, 2009 December 3 (accessed 2010 February 7), and Louisiana Secretary of State election returns for Orleans District B (accessed 2010 February 7).
  38. ^ Donze, Frank (2010-10-13). "Assessor hands Cao his nod from afar". Times-Picayune. p. A7. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  39. ^ Michelle Krupa, Nagin says official 'followed policy' in Times-Picayune, 2009 March 21, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A7 (Nagin quoted on p. A7). Krupa, ibid., inserted at the end of her article (p. A7), Nagin's initial response to WDSU-TV's news anchor Norman Robinson on the 4-month suspension of Boyd's predecessor, Anthony Jones, who had filed inflated bills for controversial crime cameras and violated Louisiana ethics laws in accepting paid travel to a Colorado conference "from a contractor that earned millions on the camera project in a no-bid arrangement"; said Nagin:
    obviously there's some poor judgment in those actions . . . , most likely possibly an ethics violation. . . . I'm not sure whether there's anything criminal, but I'm sure the feds will look into it.
  40. ^ "Nagin is the serious e-mail offender" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 19, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5.
  41. ^ Details and sources in the Jefferson article.
  42. ^ James Gill, “Is Jefferson a factor in City Hall feud?” in ‘’Times-Picayune’’, 2009 May 22, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B7. The online version shows Jefferson embracing Washington at a town hall meeting in 2007 at Trinity Episcopal Church, perhaps ironically Head’s congregation.
  43. ^ For details and sources on Jefferson's trial, see the Mose Jefferson article.
  44. ^ Laura Maggi, "Guilty on 4 counts: In a split verdict, Mose Jefferson is convicted" in Times-Picayune, 2009 August 22, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A6.
  45. ^ Bruce Eggler & Michelle Krupa, "Six of one" in Times-Picayune, 2009 August 1, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B3. Cf. the article on Ray Nagin.
  46. ^ Krupa, Michelle (2012-02-06). "For many, there is such a thing as free water: S&WB gives it away to public entities". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). pp. A1, A3. Retrieved 2012-02-06.  A mugshot of Head appears on p. A3, with "Stacy Head Says the S&WB's giveaway encourages institutions to waste water" as the caption.
  47. ^ Eggler, Bruce (2012-06-30). "Head ruffles some colleagues' feathers". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). p. B3. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  48. ^ Grice, Jim (2012-07-04). "Short memories on the city council". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. B6. Retrieved 2012-07-05.  Cf. this article written at a time when George's "appointment" by Head was viewed as a fait accompli: Krupa, Michelle (2012-04-28). "Stacy Head chooses Errol George to temporarily fill Districtg B seat on New Orleans city council.". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  49. ^ Head's web site (accessed 2009 May 18).

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Preceded by
Renée Gill Pratt (D)
Councilmember, District B
2006–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent