I’m reworking the post that was scheduled for publication yesterday in response to some new information so while the Slabbed nation waits we have a pair of stories from Fox 8 that directly touch on topics we’ve blogged on: The red light contract and Parish Attorney Tom Wilkerson’s double-dealing. Let’s start with Redflex:
Jefferson Parish President Steve Theriot says he’s started getting answers about the red light camera program.
In particular, he’s focused on the names of all subcontractors who will make money off the deal.
Theriot asked Redflex Traffic Systems two weeks ago for information on who would get money from the contract.
He finally got that information today.
Already mentioned was local insurance agent Bryan Wagner and Julie Murphy, who is the wife of Jefferson Parish judge Bob Murphy.
But Theriot says he found out today that a parish contractor named Charlotte Burnell is also set to receive money from Redflex.
Theriot canceled a parish contract with Burnell last month. She was supposed to oversee a $3.5 million FEMA housing grant but Theriot said too much of the money was going to administrative costs and only a small portion was alloted for the actual homeowners.
Theriot says Redflex also revealed that it contributed information to a study on the safety benefits of red light cameras; which critics say could compromise the integrity of the report depending on what information Redflex provided for study.
Theriot says he is definitely going to audit the Redflex contract.
Next up is the political activities of Tom Wilkinson as he apparently ran Tim Coulon’s political machine from his parish office. Val Bracy has the story from Fox 8 (we’d love to embed your videos guys but WordPress does not support your format):
Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson appears to have violated the parish rules on political activity by employees according to the parish code of ordinances.
The personnel board is looking into political activity violations by one than one employee but will not confirm whether Wilkinson is one of them.
A corporation document from the Secretary of State shows that Wilkinson served as an officer and the director of the Tim Coulon campaign Committee.
He ran it out of his parish office in the Yenni building.
During a January interview with Fox 8, Wilkinson said he “probably should not have been done with that address.”
According to the parish’s Code of Ordinances, most parish employees are not allowed to be an officer for a candidate’s campaign or manage campaign affairs.
“As the parish attorney you would think he would know all of the laws. You would think Mr. Coulon would know all the laws and not asked any employees to get actively involved in his campaign,” said Rafael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission.
The code also says the penalty for that violation includes immediate discharge if the employee is unclassified.
Parish Attorney is an unclassified position.
Our readers will no doubt remember the speculation during Informed Sources on a coming high profile resignation. All eyes are on Tom Wilkinson as we continue:
Sources tell FOX 8 that board attorney’s are looking into whether Wilkinson has worked on Coulon’s campaign within the last two years.
But according to information Ethics Administration website, Wilkinson signed Coulon’s Candidate Report in 2009.
The FBI served Wilkinson with a subpoena last month for all of his records pertaining to the Tim Coulon Campaign Committee.
Wilkinson said at the time that he did not have any documents related to the subpoena.
Given the testimony of Joseph Mole at Tom Porteous’ impeachment hearing along with other problems we’ve documented on Slabbed losing his job is the least of Tom Wilkinson’s problems. I’m told reliably that Tim Whitmer is exhibiting a carefree attitude in public. He is either in deep denial or he’s cut a deal.
Meantime while Fox 8 is on a tear covering the corruption in Jefferson Parish, over at the Times Picayune we learn that a great dane from Tuscon set the world record for being tallest dog and that menace to society, the Audubon flasher has finally been apprehended.
Stay tuned for a look back at Jimmy Lawson circa 1991 later today.