LPPJ Dues Payment Questioned

Payment of fees to a police jury related group was questioned at Tuesday night’s special called meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ), but it appears such payments are allowed by law, subject to jury confirmation.

Long-time political activist Bill Smith questioned whether dues payments to the Black Caucus (a group affiliated with the Police Jury Association of Louisiana (PJAL)) was legal, and implied that such payments might be malfeasance.

Said Smith, “I like to be sure and hear the auditor cover that particular line item, and tell me whether or not the Lincoln Parish Police Jury under the leadership of Jody Backus, paid Black Caucus dues, how many they paid, or did not pay. And whether or not that is legal, and whether or not that constitutes malfeasance in office.”

The auditor said that particular issue wasn’t covered in his just-completed audit.

A review this morning of the jury’s records by Lincoln Parish News Online shows that in February of this year a $150 check payable to the Black Caucus was processed. It covered the dues for three jurors: Joe Henderson, Hazel Hunter, and Sharyon Mayfield. The caucus was set to meet during the annual PJAL State Convention, March 3-5, in Shreveport.

Proper documentation was attached to the check stub.

Here is the applicable provision in the law regarding itemized expenses for jurors.

§1233. Compensation

A.(3) In addition to any other compensation or expense allowance provided by law, each parish governing authority which does not operate under a home rule charter may pay a monthly, itemized expense allowance, not to exceed two hundred dollars per month, to the members of the governing authority as payment for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Such expense allowance shall be provided upon approval of a majority of the members of the governing authority after public hearing.

As of Tuesday night, no hearing or vote of the jury had been taken on juror expenses.

12 Responses to “LPPJ Dues Payment Questioned”

  1. D'Arbonne Says:

    They should’ve paid for their dues themselves from personal funds.
    I’ve held public positions before, and ancillary membership dues were always paid from my checkbook. It’s reasonable.

  2. Oldman Says:

    no white caucus?

  3. Oldman Says:

    No comments? Seems like anything the government wants,everybody just goes along with without question right or wrong. Is it because you think gov knows best or is it because you don’t really care or you don’t have time to worry about what they do? July 4 is coming up so remember the price we have paid to have this free country of ours,question big government,they work for us the citizen and not the other way around. Have you ever thought why big government wants gun control? Control,control. Let’s make America Great Again.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Yeah itll be like the cowboys and the Indians again!!!. Wont it old man?

      • Oldman Says:

        I hope not,look how our government treated the Indians. Look at what’s happening now with this Hillary Clinton thing. The big boys are afraid of trump so they will let hillary get away with murder and she has. Our government has gotten too big and too powerful. So if you think our government will be honest and treat you right look no further than how it treated the Indians. It’s a shame. We the voters are the boss not the other way around.

  4. SocialJustUs Says:

    Why are the black jurors divided over this? Seems like they would all want this. What is going on?

    • James Says:

      The article said nothing about the “black jurors are divided over this”.

      • Anonymous Says:

        But if you know all four of the jurors involved, then you know all of them are black. At least three any how or so it seems. Im beginning to like this little site. It really exposes the people of this town, black and white.

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  5. Olderman Says:

    The Weknowwhatsbest-ers resent the hell out of transparency and accountability no matter where they are found.

    Transparency and accountability? That’s for the proles.

  6. SocialJustUs Says:

    The article plainly says that the dues for three jurors was paid: there are six black jurors, and everyone knows that “long-time political activist Bill Smith” is black and he is the one who questioned the propriety of the payments.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Hello. And we wonder why we gets no where in this town. We aint got no representation.

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