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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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DA Nixes Resolution to Hire Internal Auditor Clerk

DA Nixes Resolution to Hire Internal Auditor Clerk

Lafourche Parish Government’s attempt to hire an Internal Auditor Clerk for the purpose of monitoring grant money was sidetracked by District Attorney Cam Morvant’s most recent legal opinion.

According to the DA’s opinion, “it appears as though the duties and responsibilities listed within Section (1) of Resolution No. 12-315 for the proposed Legislative Internal Auditor Clerk go beyond those normally performed by a clerk and even go beyond the allowable duties and responsibilities of the Legislative Internal Auditor.”

Section (1) of the resolution, passed by a 5-4 vote on October 9, is a lengthy job description which includes clerical work for the Legislative Internal Auditor as well as advisory functions aimed at the Administration.

As per the Home Rule Charter, “the Council may hire such clerical employees by resolution as may be necessary to assist the Council Clerk and Internal Auditor in carrying out their duties.”

But the Charter goes no further in describing the job.

Morvant’s opinion was sought by Councilman Aaron Caillouet after the 5-4 vote as Caillouet was unsure whether the Council has the authority to hire the position.

The DA went further in his reasoning, stating that “the duties and responsibilities (set forth in the resolution) seem to be more akin to those of a department head or a similar level administrative employee.”

Parish President Charlotte Randolph is opposed to the hiring of the clerk, saying that the job would be a “duplication” of the responsibilities of the Executive Director of Community Action, an unfilled position within the Department of Community Services and one which will be advertised in the future.