I’m the Firechief Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Part Deux: Houston, we have a problem.

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.

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6 thoughts on “I’m the Firechief Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Part Deux: Houston, we have a problem.”

  1. Connick’s punk John Young continues the same malfeasance cycle as he had conducted himself while Councilman-at-Large for 6 1/2 years. And what is that you might ask ? Make an asinine decision that is in his personal political interest regardless of the legal and monetary consequences.

    Miscreants like Young could care less that the taxpayers will ultimately have to pay for their misdeed in the form of attorney’s fees and damages. Hell, it’s not their money…and they can hire one of their campaign contributor lawyers to “defend the indefensible”. Think Simon v Kerlec…AMV’s Whistleblower suit…River Birch…and all the other legal entanglements that Young, in Executive Session when on the Council, and now as Parish President, was complicit in and expects the taxpayer to continue paying for his malfeasance and his malpractice !

    Smith will sue and most probably prevail, as we read from this T-P story:

    Paul Smith, former Jefferson Parish fire director, appeals dismissal
    Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 5:29 PM Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011, 5:56 PM
    By Richard Rainey, The Times-Picayune

    “…from Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office…

    “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.

    “This may be breaking some new ground here, but I think the bottom line is should this person have the right to appeal to the civil service board?” she said.

    She (Asst Atty General Kilpatrick) said the attorney general’s opinion should bolster Smith’s case.”

    It is unfortunate but expected that the newly appointed Parish is in lock-step with the party line…one could almost picture Wilkinson or Barton as Ms. Foshee parrots the accepted legal dictum of the Jefferson Parish Attorney’s Office: ” The law is what I say it is..let them sue!” as she states:

    “Foshee, the parish attorney, sharply disagreed. She said Young’s administration saw Smith as an interim staff member who never had the same duties as a fire chief overseeing a station.
    She produced a letter that Smith wrote to Young in October, asking to continue his work as fire director. She said that it shows Smith knew his job was at-will.
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/02/paul_smith_former_jefferson_fi.html

    Like her boss Connick’s punk Young, Ms. Foshee continues to spew the hypocrisy by further projecting the fraudulent facade of reform in this PR re-thread T-P article:

    Three more paralegals fired in Jefferson Parish attorney’s office
    Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:01 PM Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:17 PM
    By Richard Rainey, The Times-Picayune

    ‘Foshee said Tuesday her mission is to keep integrity and hard work as priorities of the Law Department.

    “Overall, we need to become a top-notch law firm,” she said. “No big plans; just do our jobs.”

    OH, REALLY !

    Then we read this gratutious backhanded slap of AMV by Rainey:

    When Young took office Oct. 13, he continued purging the department. He fired Assistant Parish Attorney Anne Marie Vandenweghe after she refused to submit a conditional resignation that he demanded of all at-will employees.

    Appointing AMV Parish Attorney would have immediately given credibility to this ethically foresaken Office and sounded a clear message…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH… THE PEOPLE AREN’T GOING TO TREATED LIKE THIS ANYMORE !
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/02/three_more_paralegals_fired_in.html

    I’m sorry Rich… could you define the phrase “conditional resignation” ? The fact is that Young’s egregious requirement was nothing less than an act of criminal intimidation by a public official. Simply stated… he didn’t have the balls to face these individuals in person and tell them of their fate !

    PS Ms. Foshee…if you believe yourself to have any personal and/or professional integrity, you should walk in your boss’s office first thing tomorrow morning and demand that Peggy Barton BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY !,,,and that all of the remaining Wilkinson posse incompetent lackeys (David Fos, Greg Giangrosso, Jeremy Dwyer, Nicole Tomba, John Luck, Nicole Amstutz, et al) follow her out the door. I have a laundry list of other actions you could take to re-instill the public’s confidence in this morally and ethically bankrupt Parish Attorney’s Office, but first take care of this, please.

  2. From a reader:

    The union is not going to be able to have it both way….if he was Civil services… then he could never been hired as he was not on the list….so if Mr. Paul was not legally hired he never really had the job…same logic as the River Birch contract

    What make no sense is the union Hated Smith so why all of a sudden are they supporting him

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