Agenda Item
Docket No. 22-924
Advisory opinion request regarding whether the Code of Governmental Ethics prohibits the Village of Athens from contracting with Gracie Goodwin, the sister of newly elected Alderman Diane Sprigener, to provide part-time accounting services.
Ms. Goodwin has provided part-time services in the past. Ms. Goodwin receives a 1099 for her services. Her sister, Diane Sprigener, was elected alderman of Village of Athens in the November 8, 2022 election. Alderman Sprigener took her oath of office in January 2023. Ms. Goodwin has not provided any services in 2023. Ms. Goodwin is awaiting the results of this advisory opinion from the Ethics Board before potentially continuing her services to the Village.
La. R.S. 42:1113A(1)(a) No public servant, excluding any legislator and any appointed member of any board or commission and any member of a governing authority of a parish with a population of ten thousand or less, or member of such a public servant's immediate family, or legal entity in which he has a controlling interest shall bid on or enter into any contract, subcontract, or other transaction that is under the supervision or jurisdiction of the agency of such public servant.

La. R.S. 42:1102(13) defines "immediate family" as the term relates to a public servant to mean his children, the spouses of his children, his brothers and their spouses, his sisters and their spouses, his parents, his spouse, and the parents of his spouse.

Adopt draft advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Suzanne Mooney
2022-924 - AO agenda
2022-924- Advisory Opinion Draft - Brown