The banter on the predicted resignation is toward the end of the show. Glynn Boyd of WGNO-TV makes the prediction. I have uploaded the picture of who I think is the next rat to jump ship along with two links that partially explains why below the fold. I also revisit the firing of the internal audit staff one month before Tim Whitmer formed Lagnaippe Industries.
Here is link #1 and link #2. Unrelated to my guess on Wilkinson is a snippet from link #1, a Paul Rioux story from late January 2010 which reveals an inconsistency in the “official story” on why the Jefferson Parish Internal Auditors were let go which also explains why I thought (and continue to think) the firings were purposeful:
As Jefferson Parish’s post-Hurricane Katrina boom in sales tax collections started going bust a year ago, then-Parish President Aaron Broussard began reining in parish spending but gave Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson a $39,200 raise, according to parish payroll records.
Sales tax boom after Katrina? You betcha there was. By November 2005 I had spent and paid taxes on around $100,000 worth of purchases in Harrison County on items like 2 new cars and furniture. I’ll add the City of Gulfport also experienced a sales tax boom in the aftermath of Katrina.
Did something similar occur in Jefferson Parish? You betcha it did:
Jefferson Parish automobile sales for November doubled the retail sales in November 2004, the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association said today.There were 6,061 automobiles sold in Jefferson Parish last month compared with 3,044 sold in November 2004, said Bob Israel, LADA executive vice president.
Now lets circle back to that Mark Waller story we profiled last month on the excuse given for why the internal auditors were let go:
Interim Parish President Steve Theriot revealed this week that he learned the Broussard administration had abandoned the job. The revelation surprised some members of the Jefferson Parish Council, although Council Chairman John Young said he remembers the move as a cost-saving measure in the uncertain days after Hurricane Katrina.
But what about the actual numbers? A picture or in this case 2 are worth a thousand words and luckily for us Jefferson Parish itself provides them in their annual State of the Parish report which I have embedded courtesy of Scribd. The 2005 graph is on pdf page 18 while the 2006 graph is on pdf page 25.
[scribd id=27171392 key=key-2omyvb4y13i70ix6vw2s]
[scribd id=27171385 key=key-24cbcaqwe8171lnr63br]
I don’t want to sound like an ass (and I really do not enjoy banging on the local media) but is Slabbed the only people covering this that knows how to use google? No question the Parish council was asleep at the switch but John Young is either exceptionally dumb or he thinks the people looking at this are buying in to his bullshit lock, stock and barrel. Note that by October 2005 Sales Tax collections not only reverted to normal by November had begun to skyrocket. There is a reason those people were fired and it wasn’t because revenues were uncertain.
Slabbed reports you decide.