Gibsland Mayor Odell Key and the Board of Aldermen must abide by the Lawrason Act, the Local Government Budget Act and the Public Records Act. Failure to observe and carryout the duties prescribed in the laws may subject a public official to malfeasance charges, the state attorney general’s office stated this month in a nine-page opinion.
The opinion is in response to more than a dozen questions posed by Gibsland aldermen to the attorney general concerning Key and his actions over the past year. A majority of the aldermen accuse Key of ignoring the laws, which has the village in a state of financial uncertainty.
Controversy even extended into last week — days after the attorney general’s opinion was released — when Key attempted to get aldermen to vote on a budget that had not been legally advertised.
Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance is conducting a criminal investigation into complaints of misuse and misappropriation of public funds. Subpoenas issued in June for an assortment of public records are still being answered.
As for the attorney general’s opinion, it will help Ballance answer some of the questions about the responsibilities of the public officials. For the most part, the attorney general’s answers satisfy the aldermen who have complained for more than a year that Key was running a “one man show” without regard to state laws.
Auditors with the state legislative auditor’s office will be back in Gibsland Monday and Tuesday.
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