Jindal’s top lawyer quits

The Jindal administration announced Friday that the governor’s executive counsel resigned after roughly three months on the job.

Thomas Enright will replace Gary Graphia on Feb. 4.

“It was very amicable. (Graphia) wanted to pursue some other private sector opportunities,” said Kyle Plotkin, the governor’s communications director.

Graphia did not respond to a request for comment submitted through Plotkin.

“Gary has been a valuable asset to our team and to our state, and we appreciate his service. Thomas has served the administration and the state well in various positions over the past five years, and we look forward to his service as
Executive Counsel,” the governor said in a prepared statement.

The Graphia family still will have a role in the Jindal administration.

Also Friday, the governor announced reappointing Graphia’s father, retired East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court Judge Anthony Graphia, as chairman of the Board of Tax Appeals.

The board regulates appeals related to redetermination of assessments or determination of overpayments.

Like Gary Graphia, Enright will make $165,000 a year, said Sean Lansing, the governor’s press secretary.

The governor has experienced turnover in who advises him on legal issues.

Enright will be the governor’s sixth executive counsel in five years and his third in less than a year.

Enright became the governor’s deputy executive counsel in November.

Before that, he was executive counsel for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He is a former active duty Marine sergeant.

Graphia, a former executive with The Shaw Group Inc., became the governor’s executive counsel in October after Liz Murrill moved across the street to become chief lawyer for the governor’s Division of Administration.

The shuffling came amid Murrill’s name surfacing in a letter that indicated she reviewed records before LSU released them publicly and recommended legal strategies to avoid publicly disclosing more documents related to LSU hospital budget cuts and health care privatization.