St. Tammany Parish is one of this state’s most affluent parishes. The parish also has been enjoying tremendous growth over the past few decades especially after Katrina. The parish has one of the state’s better school districts. With all of that comes many tax payer-financed public projects, like roads and bridges and schools and libraries. And that’s where an Inspector General comes in.
An I.G. is an independent auditor. A CPA who scrutinizes public projects to ensure that the public’s money is being spent efficiently.
New Orleans established an Inspector General’s office and surprisingly did it right. They brought in the best in the business, Boston’s Bob Cerasoli, the guy who literally wrote the book on the office and how to run it. New Orleans’ office is state-of-the-art with autonomy and a secured funding source that politicians cannot alter. It’s a true independent office.
Jefferson Parish just established an office that arguably is woefully underfunded and still relies on politicians for funding.
Poor St. Tammany’s office was shuttered before it could even get started, thanks to representative A. G. Crowe. His lame attempt at legislation for a St. Tammany office of Inspector General was doomed before it even got off the ground. Now it’s too late to file a bill this legislative session. How convenient.
You didn’t want Crowe’s limited IG’s office anyway. What’s most sad? St. Tammany citizens will now have to wait years for that office to be established, if at all.