Agenda Item
Docket No. 21-479
Advisory Opinion request from Lionell Lawson, Director of the Sewer Department for the City of Zachary, regarding the City hiring his son in the Gas and Water Department.
Lionell Lawson is currently employed by the City of Zachary as the Maintenance Director over the Sewer Department. Mr. Lawson's son, Jeffry Demond Lawson, is seeking employment with the City of Zachary in the Gas & Water Utilities Department, which is under the supervision of Maintenance Director Jeffery Johnson. Lionell Lawson has no involvement with the Gas & Water Utilities Department.
La. R.S. 42:1119A provides that no member of the immediate family of an agency head shall be employed in his agency.
La. R.S. 42:1102(13) defines "immediate family" of a public servant to include the public servant's children.
La. R.S. 42:1102(2)(a)(vi) defines "agency," for public servants of political subdivisions, to mean the agency in which the public servant serves … Public servants of political subdivisions shall include, but shall not be limited to, elected officials and public employees of municipalities;
La. R.S. 42:1102(3) defines "agency head" to mean the chief executive or administrative officer of an agency.

Adopt the proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: David Bordelon
2021-479 - Advisory Opinion Draft
2021-479 - Advisiroy Opinion Request Lionell Lawson