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JEFFERSON POLITICS: Watchdog hands out praise to officials

By Richard Rainey, C.J. Lin and Mary Sparacello, The Times-Picayune
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tim Whitmer, chief administrative officer for Jefferson Parish government since 1998, received a lifetime achievement award from the Bureau of Governmental Research last week.

The nonprofit watchdog group presented Whitmer accolades and $1,000. Also receiving a lifetime achievement award was Gretna Chief Administrative Officer Susan Percle.

Whitmer said the award exposes the hard work that many public employees conduct behind the scenes of parish government.

“Public employees are often in the paper for the wrong reasons,” he said. “So this is an opportunity for people to see that there is a lot of good being done.”

As for spending his cash award, he said, “my wife and kids have already taken care of that.”

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