A few quick odds and end.

Nowdy emails me with news she is under the weather. I’ve been doing the work and soccer dad thing. I have around 15 hours of work on my desk and am booked solid all week thus time is short. Here are a couple of items that have been on my slabbed list:

Jay Feinman’s book Delay Deny Defend, which we profiled last month here, is now on sale. Jay emailed me with the news he has been getting Katrina questions in his talk radio interviews on the book. He has two upcoming appearances scheduled, the next one being tomorrow on KAOS 89.3 FM in Washington State at 2pm Central. The book is an easy read and very informative. John Ewolt at the Minnepolis Star Tribune gave Jay good marks in a review he wrote earlier this month.

Next up is the special election to replace Judge Joan Benge in the 24th Judicial District. As several of our commenters have noted both on Slabbed and offline it is curtains for Debbie Villio as she placed second to Ray Steib. I tend to agree with those who think the supporters of the number 3 finisher in the race, Don Klotz will migrate to Steib. Meantime I’m certain there is a job on the public payroll waiting for Villio, along with that personnel board complaint on her political activities, after the election.

Moving along the Times Picayune has another editorial on the Jefferson Parish Attorney’s office that is so narrowly targeted in focus it misses the mark IMHO. Besides 2 elected officials maintaining side law practices which do business with the parish, a commenter to the piece accurate noted Louisiana Insurance Commish’s bro Clement Donelon also double dips on the taxpayer dime.

Finally I noted the passing of Marva Wright last week.

Great commentary while Nowdy and I were absent this past weekend. We’ll have something substantive on Branch later today.

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  1. I have taken the liberty to cut and paste below the information from Watchout 41’s and Koallawalla’s posts on Nola.com.

    I cannot help but wonder if the better path to take regarding the Jefferson Parish Parish Attorney’s office is to dismiss all the Assistant Parish Attorneys; retain only clerical staff and hire only CERTIFIED PARALEGALS who have at least 5 years of experience in the practice of law.

    Then put out a Request for Proposals (RFPs) and ask for Statements of Qualifications (SOQs)from law firms interested in getting on an approved list to represent the Parish. They could list their areas of expertise etc and then the Parish Attorney can be the Managing Partner of the Parish law firm and advise the Administration and/or Council who to appoint. I would do a four year contract for as needed work. The clerical staff could continue to file and answer phones and marshall documents.

    The dismissed APAs could send their resumes to the private law firms and/or start their own firms.

    As it is now, any complex legal wrangling goes to outside counsel because there is no one within the Parish Attorney’s office capable of handling it.

    The savings will be much greater than just salaries because the retirement, health insurance and other benefits are eliminated.

    HERE ARE THE POSTS FROM NOLA.COM BLOGGERS; YOU DECIDE…

    Who are these people listed in the parish attorney’s office and what exactly do they do? What makes one better than the other and why is their pay so far apart? Who decided this?

    THOMAS G WILKINSON Parish Attorney Law $183,870
    LOUIS GRUNTZ JR Deputy Parish Attorney Law $110,662
    PEGGY O BARTON Deputy Parish Attorney Law $100,397
    RUBYE E NOBLE Assistant Parish Attorney II Law $86,276
    GERALYN P GARVEY Assistant Parish Attorney II Law $82,168
    GREGORY T GIANGROSSO Sr Assistant Parish Attorney Law $72,084
    DAVID S FOS Sr Assistant Parish Attorney Law $70,326
    NICOLE M TOMBA Sr Assistant Parish Attorney Law $68,314
    TIFFANY E PEPERONE Sr Assistant Parish Attorney Law $67,623
    CRYSTAL M HEINE Administrative Hearing Officer Law $67,613
    KAREN P BROUSSARD Paralegal Supervisor Law $64,747
    ANNE M VANDENWEGHE Assistant Parish Attorney II Law $64,717
    LOREN C MARINO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $64,393
    CHRIS A GILLEN Paralegal Supervisor Law $61,778
    ALLISON H LANGLEY Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $61,327
    JEREMY D DWYER Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $59,458
    JOHN P LUCK Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $53,931
    MATTHEW M FRIEDMAN Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $51,704
    MARY V GALLEY Legal Secretary II Law $49,923
    MARK D SPEARS JR Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $49,242
    G LEIGHTON CIRAVOLO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $46,897
    MELISSA S QUIGLEY Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $46,897
    RENEE H AGUILAR Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $44,664
    NICOLE M AMSTUTZ Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $44,664
    MITCHELL W GIBBS Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $44,664
    PAMELA B FONTANA Legal Secretary I Law $43,920
    KAREN E ESPENAN Legal Secretary I Law $43,845
    TARA D DUFRENE Paralegal II Law $43,741
    BETH AYMAMI Legal Secretary I Law $42,618
    GISELLE J LEWIS Legal Secretary I Law $40,589
    SUSIE S MELANCON Paralegal I Law $36,867
    KIMBERLY A FRISARD Legal Secretary I Law $35,063
    SHARON G DONATO Legal Secretary I Law $35,062
    BARBARA A DeFOREST Legal Secretary I Law $34,984
    BARBARA ANN NAMER Paralegal I Law $34,560
    SUSAN M THOMAS Paralegal I Law $34,477
    SUZANNE C PACACCIO Paralegal I Law $34,336
    LESLIE HEBERT Typist Clerk III Law $33,318
    ROBIN M URAL Paralegal I Law $31,847
    LAURA L LEFORT Title Abstractor I Law $30,067
    BROOKE L BOURGEOIS Legal Secretary I Law $28,662
    RACHEL R CEDOR Legal Secretary I Law $28,259
    JUANIKA S LASALLE Paralegal I Law $26,374
    JAYNELL M MARTIN Typist Clerk III Law $25,556
    ADELINE A BREAUX Typist Clerk II Law $19,193
    KENNETH A TRAHAN Paralegal I Law $18,011
    HARRY T HARDIN Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $18,000
    ANNA R LARKIN Receptionist Law $17,450
    SHARON G HIGGINBOTHAM Receptionist Law $15,828
    ALVIN J DUPRE JR Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $15,450
    RONALD J HOF Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $15,450
    ANTOINE J THOMASSIE Paralegal I Law $15,000
    KERNAN A HAND Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $14,000
    BRIAN T CARR Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,875
    CONNIE L POWELL Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,875
    SALVADOR ANZELMO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000
    WILLIAM H BOUSTEAD Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000
    PHILIP J FOTO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000
    PHILIP A GATTUSO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000
    SHAYE R LIRETTE Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000
    WAYNE D MANCUSO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000
    STEVE J MORTILLARO Assistant Parish Attorney I Law – Health Unit $12,000
    AIMEE C VALLOT Assistant Parish Attorney I Law $12,000

    These salaries total $2.6 MILLION. With benefits JP spends at least $3.4 MILLION to staff the Parish Attorney’s Office.

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