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#1 Jul 15, 2011
The city of Leesville filed formal documents with the 30th Judicial Court of Vernon Parish earlier this week requesting the court to intervene in reprimanding the Leesville Municipal Police and Fire Civil Service Board for disregarding civil service protocol and Louisiana state statutes pertaining to the posting of public meeting notices.
A hearing is scheduled in the 30th Judicial Court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
The city is also calling for all decisions made during the civil service meeting held on July 6 to be rendered invalid, "as legal protocal was ignored."
Leesville Mayor Robert Rose said that he is not the only one watching the civil service board's behavior.
"Other law enforcement agencies are watching the civil service board," Mayor Rose said in an interview earlier in the week, in which he detailed violations the board had made prior to his taking office last summer.
Mayor Rose said that the Office of the State Examiner, which governs local civil service commissions, had more than 250 pages of procedural errors committed by the Leesville board that the state board had been "trying to get the city to look at for a long time."
The violations, dating back several years, had to do with promotions, hiring and discipline.
"The city's policy now is we intend to call that civil service to task on everything," said Mayor Rose. "They will have to comply."
The attorney representing the board, Brian Cespiva, has been told that the city will not tolerate further violations and that the city will appeal and fight the board at every violation, including going to court, said Mayor Rose.
In the most recent dispute, the city claims that the civil service board did not give proper notice for the board's July 6 hearing; state law requires that meetings of the civil service board be posted at least five days prior to the hearing. The city alleges that the board posted the meeting less than 24 hours before.
The city also said that it disapproved of board member Colleen Townsend's behavior during the July 6 meeting.
Townsend recused herself from discussions about (former Leesville Chief of Police Bobby) Hickman's hearing by openly explaining privileged information to the public about her involvement with Hickman's investigation," according to the press release.
Townsend revealed that she was an investigator in a case concerning Hickman, who is facing federal weapons charges.
The city also said that Townsend should have recused herself from the civil service discussions dealing with patrolman Michael Cash; Cash was reinstated by the civil service board after his termination. The city has also objected to that ruling by the civil service board, requesting that the 30th Judicial Court District place a stay on it. That hearing is set for July 28.
Board chairman James Gaither was out of town during the week of July 11. However, board member Robert Blow, who was appointed to the board in May, said that the mayor has every right to call out the board if he sees fit to do so.
"If he feels the civil service board is in violation, it's his right to do what he wants," he said. Blow said that he has not noticed any violations while he has been on the board, but he also said that "there's a lot of things going on. Solo things, so to speak."
Who says the people on this civil service board can be on it? The mayor? Input please.
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