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Mar 26, 2010

Source: BayouBuzz / ClickJefferson

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Jefferson Parish Committee Explores Inspector General Need

Friday, March 26, 2010
By Walt Bennetti
BayouBuzz / ClickJefferson

Jefferson, Louisiana—A committee formed to discuss the need for a Jefferson Parish Inspector General held its first meeting Thursday night.

The committee is charged with determining if there is a need for an Inspector General in Jefferson Parish, the structure of the office, as well as funding sources.

Councilman John Young first discussed the need for an IG after allegations regarding former Chief Administrative Officer Tim Whitmer and his insurance company, Lagniappe Industries, surfaced in November. After Parish President Aaron Broussard resigned amid more allegations, Councilman Tom Capella authored a resolution establishing the committee.

The committee is comprised of civic and business leaders, along with two parish employees including Assistant Parish Attorney Louis Gruntz and Council Research and Budget Analysis Director Alan Gandolfi.

Regarding the committee’s makeup, Gandolfi said the Council looked for people “Outside the bureaucratic walls to advise the Council.”

Committee member Janet Howard from the Bureau of Governmental Research stressed that the committee was the first step and, while the committee will not recommend a specific candidate for the Inspector General position, the position itself must be independent. That sentiment was echoed by several citizens in attendance.

The committee will meet on alternating Thursdays and is expected to present a report to the Council no later than August 18th. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 8th at 9am at the Yenni Building.

Approximately 40 citizens attended the meeting.

Mar 26, 2010

Source: BayouBuzz / ClickJefferson

Filed under: Jefferson Parish

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