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Special meeting corrects finance issues

Special meeting corrects finance issues

The Lafourche Parish Council held its second special meeting in two weeks Tuesday night to correct an impending finance issue.

After the departure of Parish Administrator Leif Haas, Director of Finance Carrel Hymel and Accountant Manager Renita Jackson, Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle was the only remaining member of the administration authorized to sign checks.

But according to a council resolution, two authorized members of the administration are required to sign a check, including payroll checks which must be signed by Friday for parish workers to receive their pay on time.

Acting on a motion by Councilman Daniel Lorraine, the council voted Tuesday to replace the three departed staff members with Executive Assistant Kelli Toups and Projects Manager Shelly Orgeron on the list of workers approved to sign parish checks.

“I’m surprised I got a second,” Lorraine said as Councilman Jerry Lafont, who seconded the motion, gave him a standing ovation and noted the tension between the two council members.

After the meeting, Cantrelle confirmed that Jackson no longer works for the parish.

Haas’ resignation last week was the second of the week and marked the tenth department head who has left Cantrelle’s administration.


-- Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.