Archive for August, 2021

Police Jury Revamps Job Descriptions

08/11/2021

Most of last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police involved the Personnel/Benefits Committee hearing a report from Personnel Director LaTonya Lacey. She reviewed changes in job descriptions and classifications.

Lacy referred to a draft job description document and noted that strike-throughs were deletions of positions or duties, and highlights indicated additions.

For example, Lacy noted that the classification of ‘secretary’ were all changed to ‘administrative assistant.’

“Instead of secretary we’ll now say administrative assistant,” she said.

At the end of the report a budget projection was included to show 2021 wages and benefits, and the projected 2022 wage/benefit costs. It was said that the total number of employees won’t change.

During the full jury meeting, District Six juror Glen Scriber said that the archery range at the Lincoln Parish Park would be ready for use in early September.

Said Scriber, “We will meet that date. On August the 21st we have a group of people to cut all the lanes where the targets will be. The next week we will actually set the targets.”

“This thing is about to become a reality,” he added.

There was discussion about a formal ribbon-cutting later in the fall when cooler weather arrives.

Also, the jury heard the monthly financial report from Laura Hartt.

Police Jury meets Tomorrow

08/09/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, August 10, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street.

Lincoln Schools Open for Students Thursday, August 19

08/04/2021

Lincoln Parish Schools will have the first day of classes for students in grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 19, District Superintendent Ricky Durrett told the Lincoln Parish School Board at last night’s monthly meeting.

Said Durrett, “Our goal is to have everyone in person, every day, all year long. We know from what we’ll see coming out in the next few days with scores – test scores and things – those who came to school performed much better.”

Durrett said the custodial staff had been busy sanitizing school rooms and offices, and that bus drivers, teachers, and secretaries would be helping those efforts.

Personnel Director Doris Lewis reported on a lengthy list of personnel changes for the month.

Here is the list.

Business Manager Juanita Duke presented her financial reports.

Duke also presented the final revised budget for the fiscal year ended 6/30/21, which the board unanimously adopted.

AP: Belton Met with LSP Brass over Greene Homicide the Day After Statement and Video Publication

08/04/2021

Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton met with Louisiana State Police Commander Col Lamar Davis and his Chief of Staff Lt Col Doug Cain II in Ruston the day after the Associated Press published bodycam video of the incident, according to an AP story published earlier today.

The date was May 20 of this year, the AP says.

That was also a day after Belton put out a statement to the media vowing to make no extra judicial comments about the case.

Here are the pertinent paragraphs from today’s news story:

MONROE, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Louisiana State Police brass obstructed justice to protect the troopers seen on punching, dragging and stunning Black motorist Ronald Greene during his fatal 2019 arrest.

A key point under scrutiny in the federal investigation came just a day after the AP published the video, when the head of the state police, Col. Lamar Davis, and his chief of staff, Lt. Col. Doug Cain, made a hastily arranged attempt to dissuade state prosecutors from charging troopers in the Greene case, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss it.

Davis and Cain traveled to District Attorney John Belton’s office in Ruston — more than 200 miles north of Baton Rouge — on May 20 to review the video frame by frame and make the case that the troopers’ actions were justified. Belton, who told colleagues he was deeply disturbed by the footage, referred the case to federal authorities in September 2019 but has not ruled out prosecuting the troopers at the state level.

Lincoln School Board Tomorrow

08/02/2021

The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 PM, Lincoln Parish STEM Center, 525 Tarbutton Road.

Here is the agenda.