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Mar 19, 2010

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish inspector general groundwork begins

Friday, March 19, 2010
By Richard Rainey
The Times-Picayune

Groundwork for an inspector general to take root in Jefferson Parish is moving forward now at both the parish and the state level.

As parish officials assemble a committee to design the new oversight office, state Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Jefferson, has filed a bill in the Legislature to let the Parish Council act swiftly.

“What we can do is clear the way so if they decide to take whatever action it is, they don’t have to wait for us,” Henry said. “I wanted to clear any doubt and give them as much room to work as possible.”

If approved, House Bill 670 would knock down barriers in state law that mired New Orleans’ quest to establish a similar local watchdog, Henry said.

The 2010 regular session is scheduled to open March 29, and Henry said he plans to get his bill passed as fast as possible.

Henry’s efforts coincide with the Parish Council’s creation of a panel to begin developing the local inspector general’s office. Council Chairman John Young said that committee, which is expected to convene Thursday is almost assembled.

So far it consists of Janet Howard from the Bureau of Governmental Research, Ric Smith from the Jefferson Business Council, Tom Meyer of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Landry Camardelle of the West Bank Civic Coalition, Young said Thursday. The council was still waiting for nominations from the Metropolitan Crime Commission and the Civic League of East Jefferson.

Mar 19, 2010

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Jefferson Parish

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