Agenda Item
Docket No. 17-886
Advisory Opinion Request from the Mayor of Slaughter, Robert Jackson, as to whether the Governor's appointment of an alderman to the position of interim chief of police would be a violation under the Code of Governmental Ethics and would the appointee be eligible to run for office to fill the position during the next election cycle?
The Chief of Police for the Town of Slaughter (Pop. 997) in East Feliciana Parish resigned his position on July 15, 2017. The Louisiana Secretary of State has imposed a deadline of August 14, 2017 for the Board of Aldermen to appoint an interim Chief of Police. Should the Board of Aldermen fail to make an appointment by the deadline, then the Governor of Louisiana would make the appointment.

Two (2) individuals have expressed a desire to be appointed Chief of Police. One has very limited experience and the other, Dave Almond, currently holds a position as a member of the Board of Aldermen for the Town of Slaughter. Should Almond be appointed as interim Chief of Police, he would resign his position as Alderman.

The Mayor of Slaughter, Robert Jackson, indicated that neither his office nor the Board of Aldermen would make a recommendation to the Governor as to who should be appointed interim Chief of Police.

La. R.S. 42:1121A(2) prohibits a former member of a board or commission, for a period of two years following the termination of his public service on such board or commission from being appointed to any position by or employed by his former board or commission.

Adopt proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Greg Thibodeaux
2017-886- Advisory Opinion Draft 2
2017-886 AOR