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Sep 19, 2013 9:21 AM by AP

AG ruling: Alderman can be reserve police officer

WELSH, La. (AP) - A state attorney general's opinion says Welsh Alderman Robert Owens can both serve as an alderman and an unpaid reserve police officer for the town.

According to the opinion issued by Assistant Attorney General Jessica MP Thornhill, an elected alderman may serve as a reserve police officer for the Welsh Police Department without violating the dual officeholding statues since he receives no compensation as a reserve officer.

The opinion states a person who does not receive any compensation is not considered "employed" under the dual officeholding law.

Owens asked the state to render a legal opinion regarding whether the provisions of the Louisiana Dual Officeholding and Dual Employment Law, would prohibit him from holding both positions.

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