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Jan 8, 2010 2:13 PM by Jthibodeaux

Jefferson Parish president quits

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has resigned amid a federal investigation of alleged corruption.

His attorney, Mike Ellis, says Broussard will step down formally at the close of business Friday "to clear the air and not be a lightning rod for Jefferson Parish."

On Monday, Tim Whitmer resigned as Jefferson's chief administrator following a controversy over his private insurance agency's dealings with local government and companies that hold parish contracts.

Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse said Broussard told him of his intention to resign Friday morning. Broussard could not be reached for comment but is expected to issue a statement later.

Lagasse said he expects the council to appoint an interim president to serve until an election is held.

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