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Yesterday, newly-elected Jefferson Parish President John Young terminated longtime Assistant Parish Attorney Anne Marie Vandenweghe. Despite being out on temporary leave for medical reasons, Ms. Vandenweghe was not afforded the opportunity of any hearing by Mr. Young or the Parish Attorney, Peggy Barton.
Ms. Vandenweghe had been the subject of unfounded allegations that she was “blogging” while at work, and past Interim Parish President Steve Theriot had suspended Ms. Vandenweghe, only to later re-instate her when the claims proved not to be true. No apology was ever offered to her, she was moved to a different job not involving public records release, and her name and reputation were damaged.
Since then, Ms. Vandenweghe has been the subject of harassment on the job and her job has been made much more difficult. Ms. Vandenweghe exposed many scandals in the Parish Attorney’s Office and was cooperating with the FBI in its request for documents. This recent job action against her is nothing more than a continuation of an effort by the Parish to silence Ms. Vandenweghe.
Ironically, Ms. Vandenweghe had applied for the open Parish Attorney position formerly occupied by disgraced former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson promising “independence and transparency.” It is clear that Mr. Young does not share these goals as a result of Ms. Vandenweghe’s termination.
For further information, contact
Jack E. (Bobby) Truitt
The Truitt Law Firm
149 N. New Hampshire Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433
T – (985) 327-5266