The Town of Jonesboro was late today ordered to produce financial information to the the Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson parishes) District Court and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA), relative to the town’s employee payroll for “review prior to approval of any request for authority to pay the amounts alleged to be owed.” The town’s controversial mayor Leslie Thompson was included in the order.
See here the motion and order.
Ordered to be produced by 8:00 AM, tomorrow (Friday, 10/26/12) are:
- The payroll register for the week ending October 24, 2012;
- The check stubs for the October 24, 2012 payroll;
- The total payroll figures for every fund and the amounts required to be transferred into the payroll account for those obligations;
- The “weekly funding sheet,” including itemization of bank balances, deposits, outstanding checks, accounts payable, and book balance by fund;
- All underlying documentation supporting requested payment authority for payroll, payroll taxes and/or any “other obligation,” including, but not limited to, time sheets, invoices, etc.
- The name of the person compiling and verifying the above described information.
The order was signed by Division B Judge Jimmy Teat.
Also in the motion was this revelation:
By order of the 2nd Judicial District Court, Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (“the Order”), a fiscal administrator was appointed pursuant to LA RS 39:1352 to manage the financial affairs of the Town after a two-day trial on the merits of the State’s petition for same. Since July 25, 2012, the appointed fiscal administrator, William J. Ryder, has attempted to perform the duties set forth in the Order. However, he has been continuously and repeatedly obstructed and impaired from doing so by actions of the Town in violation of same. Since these actions prevented him from accomplishing his duties, he could no longer justify the expense of his services and, as a result, Mr. Ryder sought permission from the Court to withdraw as fiscal administrator. The Court granted his request effective October 18, 2012, by letter.