Sorrento Police Chief Fern Barnett files lawsuit against the town, seeks pay


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SORRENTO, Louisiana — Sorrento Police Chief Fern Barnett leads a police force without any officers. Soon the town plans to sell off her department's law enforcement equipment, shedding cruisers, guns and any other gadgets.

But Barnett, who took office this fall, isn't going away. In fact, she wants to be paid, filing a lawsuit asking a state district judge to order the town to pay her for time on the job.

The 71-year-old great-grandmother's election by default in the fall has set off a protracted power struggle with the Sorrento Town Council.

During the same election, Sorrento voters overwhelmingly decided to scrap a police department beset by scandal in recent years.

Mayor Mike Lambert told The Advocate ( ) Monday he had not yet been served with the suit and could not comment.

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