St. Landry

Jul 25, 2012 5:37 PM by Erin Steuber

St. Landry Parish Council suing Parish President Bill Fontenot

The St. Landry Parish Council is suing the parish president.
Last month the council requested Bill Fontenot provide copies of financial records. The council says it needs the documents to start a formal investigation into any possible wrong doing by parish government employees during the previous administration. The lawsuit is asking a state judge to order St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot to copy parish financial records.
In a statement to KATC Council Chairman Wayne Ardoin says "We are just asking for him to furnish the copies we've requested from him. Seven copies. The investigation is from the prior administration. It has nothing to do with Mr. Fontenot."
According to the lawsuit, Fontenot is being asked to hand over copies of 2011 credit card and vendor receipts, equipment inventory, capitol outlay project bids- and other financial documents under former Parish President Don Menard.
"There are 7questions, and in those 7 questions there are thousands of documents that are being requested to be reviewed and copied," said Fontenot. "And as I have offered to the council, and the attorney, that is available to them."
Fontenot says the documents have always been available. It's just a matter of the council's attorney going to Fontenot's office and making her own copies.
"I regret that time is being wasted on this issue rather than Wayne Ardoin and Pam Gautreau working on something productive to resolve the major issues in the parish," said Fontenot.
The entire council voted to pursue legal action, but Ardoin and Pam Gautreau are the only two council members named in the lawsuit. Fontenot says he's done nothing wrong.
"I'm eager to defend my case or my position in court because I feel strongly I have complied with the law," said Fontenot.
We attempted to contact attorney for the St. Landry Parish Counci, Andrea West, but she was unavailable for comment

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