Former Jefferson Parish official gets probation 

Whitmer also to pay restitution in corruption case

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tim Whitmer, former Jefferson Parish chief administrative officer, leaves federal court Thursday after being sentenced to three years probation for covering up crimes in former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard's administration in New Orleans.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tim Whitmer, former Jefferson Parish chief administrative officer, leaves federal court Thursday after being sentenced to three years probation for covering up crimes in former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard's administration in New Orleans.

A man who once served as the top aide to Aaron Broussard, the disgraced former president of Jefferson Parish, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation in a federal corruption case.

Tim Whitmer, the former chief administrative officer for the suburban New Orleans parish, also was fined $5,000.

And he will have to pay an as yet undetermined share of more than $160,000 in restitution in the case with three other defendants.

Whitmer pleaded guilty last year to concealing crimes including fraud and theft involving government programs.

He cooperated with prosecutors in the case that eventually led to a guilty plea and prison sentence for Broussard.

Broussard was sentenced earlier this year to serve 46 months for conspiracy and theft charges in a plot to give a lucrative parish job to Karen Parker, now his ex-wife, and pay her for work she never did.

Federal prosecutors did not object to there being no jail time for Whitmer.

Before handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon said sentencing guidelines provided for a range of sentencing from no prison time to as much as six months.

Whitmer declined comment during and after Thursday’s hearing.

His attorney, Patrick Fanning, said outside the courthouse that the sentence was fair, adding that Whitmer had a long record of public service in Jefferson.

“He got caught up in these things at the end of his career and he’s very remorseful about that,” Fanning said.

Other defendants in the case, who also have pleaded guilty, are Parker and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson.

Both received probation.

Broussard, a Democrat best known outside Louisiana for sobbing during a TV interview after Hurricane Katrina, resigned as president of Jefferson Parish in 2010, ending a political career that spanned four decades.