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UPDATE: Polygraph tests ordered for several St. Martinville city employees

Posted at 5:16 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 23:16:24-04

The St. Martinville City Council is still working to hire a polygraph company to test several city employees after the Public Works Superintendent Charles Radar was accused of using a racial slur during a meeting with employee Michael Martin.

Last week, the council was split on a proposal to polygraph those involved and witnesses to the incident. They say they want the polygraph done because of conflicting stories. Mayor Melinda Mitchell was the tie-breaking vote.

The Mayor’s office reached out to three different public agencies to see if they would conduct the test.

Mitchell said the city check with Louisiana State Police, the New Iberia Police Department and the Lafayette Police Department. “Each agency declined because they only use it to conduct criminal investigations,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell said they are looking to hire a private company out of Lafayette. Right now, the St. Martinville city attorney is reviewing paperwork from the company.