Paul Rioux updated his breaking story we covered yesterday to include a few of the other non-paralegal paralegals that we profiled on last Thursday in our help wanted post. In this latest update we also find the Parish has decided it can get by with a few less non-paralegal paralegals as Paul explains:
The parish also eliminated part-time paralegal positions held by sports radio personality Ken Trahan and Jefferson Parish Constable Tony Thomassie; both actually worked in other departments.
Trahan, who resigned his $18,000 job Jan. 21, worked in the public information office and had worked with Broussard to establish the Saints Hall of Fame Museum in 1988. Trahan could not be reached for comment.
Thomassie, who was fired from his $15,000 paralegal job Friday, actually worked in the department of inspection and code enforcement. He declined to comment.
Folks the proverbial other shoes are dropping at an increasing rate. When the news broke yesterday of Karen Parker’s firing one of my readers emailed us the link with the observation “And the throat-slitting begins”. With this bunch of self-serving vipers running the Parish Government rest assured this won’t be the last of the blood-letting as the pols try to save their own hides.
The Times Picayune has an editorial on this topic that is well worth the read. Here are a few snippets:
It seems that every week a new angle emerges in the mob scandal that was the administration of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard. Residents surely hope federal investigators are taking note and expanding their probe of parish government as quickly as new revelations come up.
The impropriety du jour is the apparent use of a fake paralegal position to artificially boost the salary of Karen Parker, who until October was married to Mr. Broussard. Radio personality Ken Trahan and Parish Constable Tony Thomassie also were improperly paid as part-time paralegals, even though they worked in other parish departments.
The Times Picayune then makes an observation that our new commenter unslabbed expanded greatly upon just a few minutes ago in the role of Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson in this scandal as we continue:
Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson, who oversees the paralegals, did not return a message seeking comment Friday. Jefferson Parish residents, incensed by numerous improprieties uncovered in parish government, will have a hard time believing that no one in the parish attorney’s office and the administration was not aware of the improper arrangements involving the paralegal jobs.
This scandal not only provides mucho job security for Jim Letten but will provide fodder for the media for months to come.