Supporters of Good Government:
The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, February 19th at 10 a.m. on the East Bank in the Yenni Building. Citizens for Good Government will once again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $246,306 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the February 19th council meeting. For the first time since CFGG has been presenting our campaign finance reports, Councilman Chris Roberts was NOT the councilman with the largest amount of contributions, but Councilman Mark Spears has this honor with campaign contributions of $56,091. Councilman Roberts was in second place with campaign contributions totaling $47,950.
Citizens for Good Government feels the need to speak again in support of Inspector General David McClintock. Our IG has been aggressively investigating possible wrongdoing in our government for which it is essential for him to have unlimited access to the Jefferson Parish email servers, and we are extremely grateful to Parish President John Young for reversing our government’s actions which previously interfered with our IG’s access to the emails. President Young was even quoted as saying, “As far as I’m concerned, and as far as the parish administration is concerned, he [the IG] has full and complete access.” However, after President Young expressed his support for our IG, the Times-Picayune’s nola.com published a disturbing article entitled, “Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears seeks to curb inspector general access“. Although no ordinance to limit the powers of the IG was included in the agenda for the February 19th council meeting, we were distressed that an ordinance was read into Summary at the end of the February 5th council meeting to amend the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances “as it relates to the Inspector General’s power to secure records.” CFGG is opposed to any effort to limit the investigative powers of Inspector General McClintock, and we will therefore once again speak in support of him at the council meeting.
CFGG will also be speaking about the actions which our government has taken or plans to take to satisfy the recommendations of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor in his Investigative Audit entitled “Jefferson Parish Council; Thompson Thibodeaux Community Development Corporation, Inc.; and Reverend Mansfield Thompson Educational Foundation, Inc.,” which was issued on October 30, 2013. We are particularly interested in actions taken by our government in response to the Legislative Auditor’s recommendation “regarding the recovery of funds relating to grant payments to Thompson Thibodeaux and Faith Academy for services that were not provided.”
In addition, Citizens for Good Government will be speaking about other issues of concern to us.
Vice-Chairman, Citizens for Good Government