CLINTON — In an effort to keep meetings more transparent for the public and to keep all police jurors involved, the East Feliciana Police Jury adopted general guidelines Monday for the parish’s six committees.
The recommendations came from the governing body’s Executive Committee, chaired by jury President Louis Kent. The guidelines include notifying jurors of all committee meetings, recording all meetings and providing a synopsis of the committees’ recommendations to jurors at the following regular meeting.
The guidelines also name the parish manager as the single point of contact for jurors. Kent said an attorney general’s opinion says an individual juror does not have the authority to supervise or direct jury personnel in their duties.
The guidelines also give the parish manager the authority to formulate policy or ordinance changes and give them to the jury for consideration.
The manager also has the authority to approve expenditures up to $1,000.
The jury president and Finance Chairman have the authority to approve any expenditures of $1,001 to $9,999. Expenditures over $10,000 must be approved by the entire jury, according to the new guidelines.
Following the meeting, Juror Larry Beauchamp said he voted against the guidelines because it gave the president and finance chairman authority to write checks from $1,001 to $9,999 without having to consult other jurors.
Voting to approve the motion for the guidelines were jurors Edward Brooks, Keith Mills, Chris Hall, Jason McCray and Dwight Hill.
Jurors Beauchamp and Dennis Aucoin voted against the motion. Juror Karl “Bubba” Chaney was absent.
Aucoin and Beauchamp were defeated as president and finance chairman respectively in the jury’s selection of officers in January.
Elected in those positions last month were Kent as president and Dwight Hill as finance chairman.