Jul 3, 2013 5:37 PM by Dwayne Fatherree
The New Iberia Fire and Police Civil Service Board will remain a five-seat body, even if one of those seats remains empty.
That is according to an attorney general opinion filed Tuesday. The request for the opinion was originally asking whether the elimination of New Iberia's Police Department would affect the board and how its members were appointed.
The opinion letter stated that the elimination of the police department did not change the makeup of the board except that there would no longer be a police representative. That chair, however, would remain, and remain empty. The number of representatives needed for a quorum would not change.
Previously, one of the five board members was appointed by the city administration, two by the head of a local four-year university, and one each from the ranks of the fire and police departments.
After the New Iberia Police Department was disbanded in 2004, there were no longer any police civil service employees to fill the seat.