La. DSS secretary resigns over Gustav response

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's social services chief has resigned amid heavy criticism from the governor over her department's response to Hurricane Gustav.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's spokeswoman confirmed Monday that Ann Williamson submitted a resignation letter.

She steps down days after Jindal publicly rebuked her agency for the way it handed out emergency food stamps. Thousands waited for hours in the heat, with many sent home empty-handed. The problems have since been corrected.

He also criticized the department for ill-equipped shelters, including portable showers arriving three days late after the Labor Day storm.

Williamson didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. But over the weekend, she defended her department's response with the resources it had.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 28411869 -