Agenda Item
Docket No. 24-094
Advisory opinion request regarding the appointment of the Cameron Parish Coroner to the Lower Cameron Hospital Board by the Cameron Parish Police Jury.
The Lower Cameron Hospital Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Cameron Parish Police Jury. The District 5 Police Juror would like to appoint Dr. Kevin Dupke to the Lower Cameron Hospital Board. Dr. Dupke is the elected Coroner of Cameron Parish.
La. R.S. 42:1113A(1)(a) states no public servant, excluding any legislator and any appointed member of any board of 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(2)(a)(vi) defines "agency" to mean a department, office, division, agency, commission, board, committee, or other organizational unit of a governmental entity. (vi) For public servants of political subdivisions, it shall mean the agency in which the public servant serves, except that for members of any governing authority and for the elected or appointed chief executive of a governmental entity, it shall mean the governmental entity. Public servants of political subdivisions shall include, but shall not be limited to, elected officials and public employees of municipalities, parishes, and other political subdivisions; sheriffs and their employees; district attorneys and their employees; coroners and their employees; and clerks of court and their employees.

La. R.S. 42:1102(19) "Public servant" means a public employee or an elected official.

Adopt the proposed advisory opinion and refer the request to the Attorney General's Office.
Assigned Attorney: Jessica Meiners
2024-094 - AO
2024-094 - Advisory Opinion Draft - Carroll