Agenda Item
Docket No. 21-332
Request for review and approval of a Disqualification Plan, submitted by Sanettria Glasper Pleasant of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development ("DOTD"), relating to the hiring of the son of a current employee.
Angela Townsend is currently employed as Administrative Coordinator 4 for DOTD District 05. Her duties generally do not include management or supervision of mobile equipment operators, but do include serving as the backup timekeeper when the primary timekeeper is not available. DOTD would like to hire Ms. Townsend's son, Levi Townsend, as a Mobile Equipment Operator within DOTD District 05.

DOTD has submitted a plan to avoid any potential violation of La. R.S. 42:1112 or La. R.S. 42:1119, whereby Ms. Townsend would recuse herself from participating in any transaction or appointing authority duties involving Levi Townsend including, but not limited to, approving leave, signing performance evaluation documents and recommending hiring/promotions. Further, Ms. Townsend would recuse herself from performing any functional supervision of Levi Townsend at any time, which includes, but is not limited to, determining work assignments, training, reviewing work, and approving work. Lesa "Shari" Wade, Administrative Coordinator 4, would act as the primary timekeeper for Levi Townsend, and in the event that Ms. Wade in unavailable, Lisa Brinson, Accounting Technician, will act as the backup timekeeper.
La. R.S. 42:1112B(1) states that no public servant shall participate in a transaction involving the governmental entity in which, to his actual knowledge, any member of his immediate family has a substantial economic interest.
La. R.S. 42:1119A states that no member of the immediate family of an agency head shall be employed in his agency.
La. R.S. 42:1112C allows a disqualification plan to be developed in accordance with rules adopted by the Board to remove a public servant from participating in transactions that would otherwise present violations of Section 1112 of the Code.
Approve the proposed Disqualification Plan.
Assigned Attorney: Charles Reeves
2021-332 - Disqualification Plan Sanettria _Sam_ Glasper Pleasant
2021-332 draft recusal plan (2)
2021-332- townsend job description