Mike Yenni deploys for Hurricane Matthew relief amid sexting scandal, calls for resignation


KENNER, La. (WGNO) – Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy Reserves, has been deployed to assist with Hurricane Matthew as it heads to the East Coast.

His deployment comes just a day after civic groups and business leaders called for Yenni’s resignation amid allegations that he sent explicit text messages to a teenage boy in 2015 and offered the boy a job in Yenni’s office.

The FBI is investigating those allegations.

Yenni deployed at 6 a.m., according to a Jefferson Parish spokesman. It’s unclear where he has been deployed. A memo he sent to Jefferson Parish employees says his deployment is through Oct. 15.

Jefferson Parish Chief Operating Officer Keith Conley will serve as acting parish president while Yenni is gone.