A seldom-used LPD dignitary protection unit has become M-P Josh Guillory’s full-time security. Council members have asked an audit firm to probe the arrangement.
For a flood project, LCG targeted land that was easy to get — because it was repped by City-Parish Attorney Greg Logan.
Reporters now face more barriers to access public records, on top of new fees the Guillory administration rolled out targeting the press. While a legal challenge and council action crawl forward, the barriers stand. And other public officials are following similar playbooks.
The mayor-president’s return to teaching after being fired for cause presents several potential conflicts, including charter requirements that his job be full-time. Deploying Lafayette police officers to run security while on campus, a use of public resources for his personal benefit, figures into the City Council’s investigation of him.
The suit alleges “egregious and intentional” abuse of the state’s Public Records Law and seeks to hold Guillory personally liable for attorneys’ fees, costs and damages.
In yet another unusual twist in the Guillory administration’s drainage program, the state is holding up funding because Rigid Constructors bought property to keep digging detention ponds after a district judge forced it to move locations.
Local media turned up the heat on the mayor-president in August, reporting that may be turning into big-time investigations.
The FBI has joined two federal agencies scrutinizing Lafayette’s drainage projects, this time with an eye on the relationship between the contractor and Mayor-President Josh Guillory.
Since his election, the mayor-president has taught classes at UL, formed two LLCs and obtained a license to produce title insurance, on top of processing expungements for clients — all in search of supplementing his income.
The firm’s creation, timed as LCG fuels a local construction boom, creates a minefield of potential conflicts.
The councils’ letter sticks them in line for a response from the AG. Without it, Guillory could have withdrawn his request should the opinion be unfavorable.
The gist: Council members attempted to name an acting replacement for Mayor-President Josh Guillory while he’s in rehab. The administration resisted.