City administrator Courtney Christian was removed from her post by a unanimous vote by the Leesville city council yesterday during its first of two monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

City administrator Courtney Christian was removed from her post by a unanimous vote by the Leesville city council yesterday during its first of two monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

Courtney was appointed to the post back in 2012 during Robert Rose’s mayoral administration and had previously worked for the city as a clerk.

Following Christian’s termination by unanimous resolution, former city administrator, DeLain Prewitt was named to the post to serve in an interim role for a 90-day period, during which the city will advertise the position.

Leesville mayor Rick Allen asked Christian for her resignation, according to reports, but she refused to tender one. Christian has since retained an attorney, who has reportedly called the city for a list of demands, including a severance package of an unknown amount.

Allen didn’t comment about the decision to terminate Christian during the meeting and a reason for her dismissal from the post wasn’t disclosed.

According to the City of Leesville’s Code of Ordinances, the city administrator is the head of the administrative branch of the city’s government, while also being responsible to the mayor for the proper administration of affairs of the city.

The city administrator’s position has an annual pay rate of over $70,000.

In other business, the city council introduced a new ordinance, if approved, would repeal its policy on bars being opened on Sunday afternoons. Under currently regulations, bars are not allowed to be open during the daytime hours on Sunday.

During a meeting of the council last month, Leesville bar owners Kevin Johnson and Sean Dowden, who own The Daiquiri Station and Draft Sports Bar, respectively, talked with the council about the possibility of being open on Sundays, noting convenience stores could sell alcohol on Sundays, but people could not come to their establishments and drink.

At that time, the city council asked its attorney, Chuck Dowden, to study what the policy of the city was, along with looking into what state laws say concerning the issue.

During the Monday meeting, Dowden told the council that the new ordinance would erase the portion of city law prohibiting bars being open on Sundays.

District 1 councilman Chris Robertson, whose district houses both establishments, wasn’t opposed to allowing the bars to be open after church on Sunday afternoons.

“I really don’t feel that this is an issue,” Robertson said. “If they want to be open to make a buck, so be it.”

The ordinance will be published as public record and must come before the council again before it can be adopted.