Supporters of Good Government:
The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, March 19th at 10 a.m. on the West Bank at the General Government Building in Gretna. Citizens for Good Government will again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $489,672 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the March 19th council meeting.
The overriding issue under consideration at the March 19th council meeting is the council vote on the ordinance in Agenda Item 63 to limit the ability of Jefferson’s Inspector General to conduct investigations without alerting those in our government who are being investigated. If this ordinance passes and becomes law, the IG would be required to request information for his investigations in writing, thereby tipping off those under investigation and compromising his ability to obtain needed evidence.
Our Inspector General has indicated that it is essential for him to have direct and unlimited access to information for his investigations, in order for him to effectively and efficiently do his job of investigating fraud, waste, and corruption in government. We unequivocally want our IG to be successful, and we therefore want him to have the unrestricted access to the information he requires for his investigations. Our Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances currently provides him with this access, and the proposed ordinance would take away his direct access and would thereby tie the hands of our IG in his investigations.
Citizens for Good Government therefore strongly opposes this proposed ordinance, and we will speak in opposition to it at the council meeting. We sincerely hope that our Jefferson Parish councilmen will do the right thing for the citizens of Jefferson and cast a vote for good government by voting this terrible ordinance down.
Citizens for Good Government will also be speaking about other issues of importance to us.
Vice-Chairman, Citizens for Good Government