Oct 6, 2010 1:19 PM by Kate Mundy

LCG Chief Information Officer Fired

Lafayette Consolidated Government's Chief Information Officer has been fired.

Keith Thibodeaux had been employed with LCG since 2005. The technology chief made an annual salary of $87,734.

He was terminated Wednesday relative to his involvement in a New Orleans court trial involving kickbacks.

LCG released this statement to KATC:

Lafayette, LA -- City-Parish President Joey Durel terminated the employment of Keith Thibodeaux, Chief Information Officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government today.

Mr. Durel was informed late yesterday by Mr. Thibodeaux’s attorney that Mr. Thibodeaux has been advised through a formal court pleading filed on Friday, October 1, 2010 in New Orleans that testimony will be offered in a pending criminal trial in the matter of United States v. Greg Meffert et al relative to Mr. Thibodeaux’s alleged involvement in such matter. Mr. Thibodeaux has not been charged with any criminal conduct nor has he been informed that he will be charged. Nonetheless, federal prosecutors’ characterization of Mr. Thibodeaux’s involvement in the alleged scheme is a violation by Mr. Thibodeaux of LCG policy necessitating his immediate termination.

Representatives and employees of Lafayette Consolidated Government have been cooperating fully with representatives of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District for one year. All requests made by the United States Attorney’s Office to Lafayette Consolidated Government for documentary information, as well as access to individuals, have been fully honored. As a result of the formal pleading of the United States Attorney in the Eastern District, Lafayette Consolidated Government also has an obligation under state law to report this matter to the Louisiana Board of Ethics, and that information was transmitted this morning. Due to the pending federal criminal proceedings and the filing with the Louisiana Board of Ethics, the administration of Lafayette Consolidated Government will have no further comment regarding these issues.

Tonia Khosropour, a 25-year LCG employee and a division head within the Department of Information Services and Technology, has been appointed as Interim Chief Information Officer.





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