Gloria Moore, retired Business Manager for the Jackson Parish School Board (JPSB) was this afternoon approved for hire as the the Town of Jonesboro’s clerk, subject to the approval of town Fiscal Administrator Bill Ryder.
The town’s controversial mayor Leslie Thompson recommended Moore, and the Board of Aldermen concurred on a 3-1-1 vote for Moore, who was at the meeting.
LaStevic Cottonham – Alderman-at-Large
Charla Melton – District C
Devin Flowers – District D
Renee’ Stringer – District B
Sam Lamkin – District A
There was a bit of discussion about the hire, however. Lamkin questioned why other applicants for the job weren’t given a chance to come to the meeting and make their case before a decision was made by the mayor.
Said Lamkin, “I just think if one applicant is here, then the others should be here.”
Stringer said she was concerned that the applications and resumes were not available for review by the board members prior to the meeting.
Said Stringer to Moore, “I didn’t receive your information. I’ve not had time to review your resume or anything relative to your appointment, or your recommendation by the mayor.”
Thompson replied that Moore was his recommendation, and that all the board had authority to do was accept or reject his choice for the job.
Earlier in the meeting, two sets of minutes from 1 1/2 years ago were amended. It seems the documents did not accurately record the votes when the board hired contract attorneys to represent both the town and the individuals in the matter of Essmeier v Jonesboro. Audio of the meetings were played back before the council voted 4-1 to make the changes.
Stringer voted no, saying she wanted input from the town’s legal adviser on whether you could actually amend minutes that had been previously approved.
See here the original minutes as approved:
Audio recordings of the meetings can be found here: