NEW ROADS — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury voted to turn down a member’s request to hold an executive session to further discuss a Utility Department employee’s job status.
The part-time employee in question, Beatrice Greenhouse, was allowed to continue working in the parish’s Utilities Department for two years after the jury nullified her job slot. Greenhouse hasn’t been on the job, however, since the Police Jury decided on Jan. 22 to temporarily remove her from the parish payroll.
Juror Justin Cox responded to the 7-4 vote Tuesday night by accusing both the jury majority and members of the parish administration of malfeasance.
Jurors John Pourciau, Ted Nelson, Allen Monk, Kyle Olinde, Cornell Dukes, Russell Young and Melanie Bueche voted against going behind closed doors to revisit the issue. Siding with Cox were Albert Dukes, Kurt Jarreau, and Glenn Ray Cline. Juror Janet Vosburg was absent from the meeting.
“The bottom line is, the parish administrator did not do the job the jury voted him to do,” said Cox, who has been pressing the jury on the issue since he brought it up in January.
During council debates since then, Nelson has admitted he told Greenhouse she could remain on the payroll despite the jury’s decision to terminate her job.
Cox has asserted the parish administrator and Utilities Department director also had knowledge of the situation but chose to ignore it.
The Personnel Committee tabled the matter at its March 11 meeting because a majority of members declined to discuss the issue in public until investigation findings by outside agencies were released.
Cox said he filed complaints with the state Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana Board of Ethics and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor questioning the legality of Nelson’s actions in regard to Greenhouse’s allegedly unauthorized presence on the payroll.
“I’m not going away; I’ll keep bringing this up at every meeting if I have to,” Cox said. “I hope to see people in handcuffs if that’s what it takes.”
When voting “no” to Cox’s request to further discuss the issue, Monk asked his fellow Public Utilities Committee members to keep on discussing the matter at their April meeting.
Monk said he wants Cox to get the answers he is seeking.