From a source in early February:
Not only does Mr. Greco not have the qualifications but he and his family worked in Young’s campaign and Greco himself was featured in Mr Young’s campaign commercial. Greco was also Young’s sign coordinator.
An added note the Director of Fire Services is supposed to be a State classified position according to the Louisiana Police and Fire Civil Service Board. If it was classified according to law it would not be appointed and the Chief would have to contribute to the Firefighters State Retirement System. Joe Greco retired as a District Chief from the East bank Consolidated Fire Department and retired from the FRS and draws a pension. If the position was classified in state civil service pension contributions for the position would become mandatory. If you retire and come back to work your pension payments stop as you start to contribute to the system again.
If John Young leaves this position unclassified so he can appoint Joe Greco it allows Mr. Greco to draw a 90,000 plus pension from the FRS system and at the same time draw a salary from the parish. Currently the Fire Director is paid 90,000 a year. By not complying with State Law it allows Joe Greco to illegally collect a pension from the FRS at 90,000 a year and a potential salary as Chief for 90,000 for a total of 180,000 a year.
So now that we know the financial angle, what has happened since. Rich Rainey at the T-P fills us in:
“It is the opinion of this office that the parish ordinance creating the director of fire, where the incumbent in this position is in fact acting as fire chief, would be invalid as violative of the fire and police civil service law,” Assistant Attorney General Kerry Kilpatrick wrote.
So now the Parish faces a wrongful termination lawsuit. Hiring political hacks for positions to which they are not qualified sure is hard on the taxpayer’s wallets.