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2004-786
Opinion Type
Consent Opinion
Docket Number
2004-786
Parties Involved
Eugene LeJeune
Agency at Issue
Orleans Parish School Board
Decision Date
6/8/2006
Law
42:1121A(1)
Caption
A consent opinion stating that a former employee of the Orleans Parish School Board violated post employment restrictions when he contracted with the school board to provide risk management consulting services within two years of his resignation as the risk management administrator for the school board.
Ethics Subject Matters
Post Employment
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STATE OF LOUISIANA
' � DEPARTMENT OF STATE CIVIL SERVICE
SERVICE
ArVi LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
2415 QUAIL DRIVE
11(:Z.1?:, s' THIRD FLOOR
n BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
• " (225) 763-8777
FAX: (225) 763 -8780
1 -800- 842 -6630
www.ethics.state.la.us
June 8, 2006
Mr. Eugene LeJeune
LeJeune & Associates
P.O. Box 2663
Covington, LA 70434
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2004 -786
Dear Mr. LeJeune:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, after a confidential investigation, believes that Eugene LeJeune
violated Section 1121A(1) of the Code of Governmental Ethics by entering into a contract with the
Orleans Parish School Board to provide risk management consulting services within two years of
his resignation as the risk management administrator for the school board. The information obtained
by the Board during the course of its confidential investigation revealed the following:
Eugene LeJeune was employed by the Orleans Parish School Board as its risk management
administrator from October 28, 2003 until February 17, 2004. As the school board's risk
411 management administrator, he was responsible for formulating risk management policy, developing
and maintaining a management information system, and evaluating specifications and/or proposals
for risk insurance coverage. In March of 2004, Mr. LeJeune was contacted by the administration of
the Orleans Parish School Board seeking to re- employ Mr. LeJeune to assist during the insurance
renewal period until a permanent replacement could be hired. Mr. LeJeune did not wish to return as
an employee of the school board; however, he offered to provide risk management services during
the interim period through his company, LeJeune and Associates. Mr. LeJeune was not informed by
school board personnel that this type of arrangement would be prohibited by the post - employment
restrictions under the Ethics Code. In March of 2004, Mr. LeJeune d/b /a LeJeune and Associates
contracted with the Orleans Parish School Board to provide risk management services until June 30,
2004. Mr. LeJeune discontinued providing services to the school board in May of 2004 once he
became aware of the potential conflict of interest under the Code of Governmental Ethics.
Mr.LeJeune received over $8,000 for his services under the contract.
Section 1121A(1) of the Code of Governmental Ethics prohibits a former agency head, for a period
of two years following the end of his public service, from contracting to provide any service to his
former agency. Since it had not been two years since Mr. LeJeune's resignation as the risk
management administrator for the Orleans Parish School Board, the Board is of the opinion that Mr.
LeJeune violated Section 1121A(1) of the Code of Governmental Ethics by contracting with the
school board to provide risk management services. The Board of Ethics recognizes that Mr. LeJeune
did not intend to violate the Code of Governmental Ethics at the time he performed contractual risk
• management services for the school board.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER