Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-009
Advisory Opinion Request submitted by Jeff Everson, Caddo Parish Council Clerk Appointee, regarding the awarding of a contract to a non-profit organization that employs his wife.
Mr. Everson was selected as the Caddo Parish Commission Clerk on December 21, 2019. The position was publicly advertised and he was chosen by a vote of the board after interviewing along with several other candidates. He is not a member of the Commission. Prior to his selection as clerk, the Commission approved its 2020 budget in a special meeting on December 3, 2019. This budget included a $40,000 grant to Robinson's Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides spay and neuter vouchers for low-income citizens and spay and neuter education parish-wide.

His wife, Dr. Andrea Master Everson, is an employee of Robinson's Rescue, performing spay and neuter services, but does not have an ownership stake in the organization and is not a member of its leadership structure. As commission clerk, he would have no part in deciding whether Robinson's Rescue or any other organization receives funding and his responsibilities would be administrative in nature, such as recording proceedings at which such decisions are made.

La. R.S. 42:1111C(2)(d) provides that no public servant and no legal entity in which the public servant exercises control or owns an interest in excess of twenty-five percent, shall receive any thing of economic value for or in consideration of services rendered, or to be rendered, to or for any person during his public service unless such services are: (d) Neither performed for nor compensated by any person or from any officer, director, agent, or employee of such person, if such public servant knows or reasonably should know that such person has or is seeking to obtain contractual or other business or financial relationships with the public servant's agency; conducts operations or activities which are regulated by the public employee's agency; or has substantial economic interests which may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the public employee's official duty.
Adopt the proposed opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Matthew DeVille
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