Supporters of Good Government:
Citizens for Good Government is jubilant over the selection of David McClintock as the new Inspector General for Jefferson Parish. After checking out the resumes of the three finalists and observing the public portion of their interviews by the Ethics and Compliance Commission, CFGG agreed that McClintock was the one we wanted for Jefferson Parish’s first IG. We were thrilled when the Ethics and Compliance Commission was equally impressed with Mr. McClintock and voted unanimously for him.
The Ethics and Compliance Commission did an outstanding job in getting us to this point in the Inspector General selection process, and we are extremely appreciative of their hard work and conscientious effort. Since they are not compensated for doing this job, the reward for them will be what we believe is a gigantic step toward good government in Jefferson Parish.
It is significant that our new Inspector General will be completely independent and is being financed without an increase in taxes, since his office will receive its funds from a rededicated millage. Although it took three years, Citizens for Good Government is thrilled at the results of our own quest for an Inspector General, and we believe it has been well worth it.
CFGG first suggested an Inspector General for Jefferson parish in November of 2009, when the political scandal was breaking. We met with a Jefferson Parish councilman at that time and urged him to support a completely independent Inspector General for Jefferson without a tax increase.
Once the process started in early 2010 , we have been closely monitoring it. Some of our members attended and participated in every meeting of the Inspector General Advisory Committee, which laid the groundwork for the selection process, including the required election for millage rededication and charter changes.
CFGG has also had members at every meeting of the Ethics and Compliance Commission, which is also independent, since its members were nominated by local colleges and universities. This commission had the responsibility to choose the Inspector General and they took this responsibility seriously and did this job well. They will also monitor the IG after he takes office.
This is an historic time for Jefferson Parish, and we are optimistic that our new Inspector General will help to realize our goal of good government in Jefferson.
Vice-Chairman, Citizens for Good Government