St. Tammany Parish Residents Flock To Sign Recall Petition Against Coroner

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (WGNO) — Along East Gibson Street in downtown Covington, written in chalk, is a message for people who want a new coroner in St. Tammany Parish.

“Our only recourse is the recall and that’s what we plan to do,” said St. Tammany Parish resident Perry Williams.

The petition is the result of two factors. When Dr. Christopher Tape took office earlier this year, he announced he was ending the sexual assault nurse examiner program.

The discovery of child sexual assault charges from 2001 in New Mexico also played a major factor. Those charges were eventually dismissed and have caused outrage in the community.

“We need adults, responsible adults in place that can make decisions that are actually protective of our children. Not going to harm them further,” said St. Tammany Parish resident Dr. Matthew Morvant.

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