Jurors “Evaluate” Administrator, Treasurer

Last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury was one of the more unusual we’ve seen in the 11 1/2 years of covering the parish’s governing body. Parish Administrator Doug Postel and Parish Treasurer Chris Hyde were publicly critiqued, rather than the normal practice of doing so in an executive session. The discussion was to assess their job performance after six months on the job, an aim that was expressed when they were first hired.

Several of the jurors wanted to go into executive session, but the formal written notice to Postel and Hyde neglected to advise the two of their right to have the discussion in public, per Louisiana’s Open Meeting Law. A motion was made to table the matter until the next jury meeting, but Postel said he preferred the discussion be public.

“I believe we should do everything in an open meeting, unless it puts us in a bad legal situation,” Postel said. Hyde echoed that sentiment. The jurors had been sent evaluation forms to be completed and placed into the personnel file of the individual.

Postel’s review was tepid, but most jurors seemed willing to overlook mistakes that they said probably were a result of inexperience. Postel said as much, saying that his “political skills” needed honing.

Most critical were Hazel Hunter (District 2) and Sharyon Mayfield (District 11).

Said Mayfield, “You just mess up. Sometimes you just need to hear somebody else’s advice.”

Mayfield brought up the issue of the FEMA grant controversy of a couple of months ago, and a complaint letter sent to jurors from parish GIS Director Tracey Calloway that alleged “harassment” by Postel against himself.

After about 20 minutes of debate between Mayfield and Postel, jury President Joe Henderson (District 9) managed to quell the discussion. He had briefly conferred outside the meeting room with T. J. Cranford (District 4) and Matt Pullin (District 7).

Annette Straughter (District 12) was much more forgiving. “My interactions have been very positive with you. It’s tough walking that role being in leadership,” she said.

Hyde’s review was more mellow. Almost all the jurors said he either achieved or exceeded expectations.

New juror Richard Durrett (District 3) was the most complimentary. “I’ve had a lot of interaction with Mr. Hyde on a daily basis. I can tell you he’s very competent, very accommodating, and very thorough… I think he’s doing a good job,” he said. Durrett chairs the jury’s Finance Committee.

The jury voted to appoint Amy Miller to the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control, and Jan Canterbury was recommended as a replacement for David Gullatt, who recently resigned.

Canterbury was a librarian in the Lincoln Parish School District, and would if appointed represent the Simsboro area on the board.

An appointment to Waterworks District No. 1 was made, but is likely invalid. The jury voted to appoint Ronnie Rodrigues to that body, but he was not at the meeting. The jury’s policy is that the prospective appointee be present at the meeting when the appointment is made.

The jury’s Public Works Commitee earlier voted unanimously to approve the road and bridge capital improvement program for 2021, 2022, 2023.

See here the document.

19 Responses to “Jurors “Evaluate” Administrator, Treasurer”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You have been very kind to the jury!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    The absolute most adept political statement: “My political skills need honing.”

  3. Anonymous Says:

    They have a complaint and they’re not addressing it? I see a lawsuit coming.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Tracy Calloway is the IT Manager, not the GIS Director. Curious thing about the appointee needing to be present for the appointment to be valid: Postel was not present at the meeting in June when he was appointed to the position of Parish Administrator.

    • Anonymous Says:

      you only have to be present at EITHER the recommendation OR the appointment meeting. ONLY one of them

      • Anonymous Says:

        Postel was present at the recommendation meeting where they recommended Calloway. And then Postel wasn’t at the meeting where he was appointed.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Is that another policy pulled out of someone’s a**? ‘Cause that’s what seems to be happening so far. And even if that is the case …per the jury’s own policy… the appointment of Postel is invalid.

    • Anonymous Says:

      I bet Calloway is thanking his good Lord he’s not part of this circus.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    They apply their policies when they see fit to apply their policies? Is that how that works?

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I would love to see that complaint. What do they think? It’ll just go away if they don’t acknowledge if?

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