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Audit Prompts Termination of Executive Director of Community Action
Parish President James Cantrelle announced that the Executive Director for the Office of Community Action has been terminated for cause effective July 10th, 2018, due to findings from an audit initiated by complaints sent to the Executive Branch of Lafourche Parish Government.
The audit and internal investigation has been underway for several months. On June 13th of this year, President Cantrelle secured the offices and records of the Office of Community Action in order to advance the investigation. Several employees were placed on administrative leave at that time. All employees but the Executive Director were restored to active service to the public within a few days.
Despite attacks and harsh criticism by Councilmen Jerry Jones and Corey Perrillioux, President Cantrelle has pursued the truth. As a result of multiple interviews, audit findings, and third party reports, sufficient facts became apparent to compel the termination of the Executive Director.
Parish President Cantrelle said that “we will continue to keep our promise to protect the interests of the citizens and tax payers of Lafourche Parish. We simply cannot tolerate conduct which violates the trust we place in employees that are charged with helping the poor, elderly and neediest of our people.”
According to Lafourche Parish Home Rule Charter and Ordinances 3480 and 3495 (Sec 2-124), the Parish President has the authority to “supervise the program staff including the program manager consistent with and under the guide of the parish's administrative and personnel policies. These shall include the authority to discipline and dismiss any and all employees for cause.”