DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) — Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan has signed an agreement to end the city's involvement in a consent decree issued 32 years ago to prevent discriminatory hiring for civil service jobs.

The Advocate reports the city council voted unanimously  to approve a joint stipulation of dismissal agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, removing the city from a list of Louisiana municipalities affected by the decree.

Sullivan signed the agreement Thursday.

The decree stems from a lawsuit filed against the city of Alexandria and numerous other Louisiana municipalities in 1977. Although Donaldsonville was not included in the lawsuit, it was covered by the consent decree.