Jun 28, 2013 12:57 PM by Ian Auzenne
The Iberia Parish Government's human resources director has been fired for allegedly withholding applications from chief administrative officer and chief financial officer candidates.
According to a press release sent by Parish President Errol Romero's office, Mike Gillard was fired Thursday after he turned over nearly 80 applications for the positions that were previously not disclosed.
The documents were allegedly turned over after the parish council made a public records request for them.
Romero is quoted in the release as saying, "During weekly director meetings every Monday morning, I would ask if we were receiving résumés. He always said we weren't receiving any. When asked in council meetings, his answer was the same."
KATC reached out to Gillard via his home telephone. As of the time of publication, Gillard was not available for comment.
The release also accuses an unnamed councilman of instructing Gillard to withhold the résumé--an accusation flatly denied by one councilman.
"That's a lie," said District 10 Councilman Roger Duncan. "If they're using that as an excuse, that's all it is--an excuse.
"We don't have that kind of stroke."
District 11 Councilman Jerome Fitch said the accusation against the unnamed councilman is a contradiction of what the council wants.
"Why would we tell someone to withhold information when (the documents are) what we've been looking for?," Fitch asked.
"I can't imagine any council member doing that. It doesn't make sense to me."
Duncan agreed that the accusation doesn't pass logical muster.
"Put yourself in (Gillard's) shoes," he said. "If you knew you'd be fired for withholding documents, would you do it?"