GREENSBURG — The St. Helena Parish Police Jury on Wednesday closed its investigation into the suspected unauthorized access of Police Jury computer files following the second executive session in a month on the matter.
The hour-long, private discussion about the security breach kicked off a special meeting Wednesday in which the only other agenda items involved hiring a road district supervisor and increasing
the pay of three jury employees.
Upon returning to open session, Juror Thomas Wicker made the motion to close the investigation, seconded by Juror Theodore McCray.
The jury vote was unanimous and without open discussion.
Jury legal adviser Cliff Speed said after the meeting that “no determination was made that any wrongdoing had occurred that needed further investigation.”
“There was no indication that any personnel files had been accessed,” Speed said. “At this point in time, there’s just not enough information to go forward.”
The jurors felt they had exhausted their inquiry into the matter and had not uncovered evidence of anything illegal or improper to warrant a continued investigation, he said.
Other business before the Police Jury included:
PERSONNEL MOVES: The jury voted 5-1 to hire Corey Johnson as Road District No. 3 supervisor on a temporary basis for three months. Johnson will be paid $14.21 per hour from the parish’s Road, Bridge and Maintenance Fund.
Jury President Major Coleman cast the lone vote against, saying before the vote that personnel moves should go before the jury’s Personnel Committee before coming to the full jury for a decision.
Coleman also voted against a $1 per hour pay increase for employees J.C. Miller and Tommy Day, payable from Road District No. 6’s funds. The raises were approved, however, on a 4-2 vote, with Juror Theodore McCray also voting against.
Juror Jule Charles Wascom’s motion to increase Myrtle Womack’s pay by $1.50 per hour died for lack of a second.