Three compete for Legislative Fiscal Officer post

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Three men are vying for the job of advising the Louisiana Legislature on financial matters.

The Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees interviewed candidates for legislative fiscal officer Tuesday.

State Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, said all three candidates currently work at the State Capitol. “We didn’t have a lot of interest outside Louisiana,” he said.

The applicants are: Greg Albrecht, chief economist for the Legislative Fiscal Office; Shawn Hotstream, senior fiscal analyst and section director for the Legislative Fiscal Office; and Chris Keaton, budget analyst for the House Fiscal Division.

The fiscal office reviews proposed legislation and estimates the financial impact. The office also points to possible issues with the proposed state budget.

John Carpenter, a former aide to Mayor-President Kip Holden, is acting as interim legislative fiscal officer following the retirement of Gordon Monk.

The committees interviewed Albrecht, Hotstream and Keaton in executive session Tuesday. The full Legislature will make the final decision on who gets the job.