The state Board of Ethics will not take action against Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux on allegations he may have violated state law by serving on the council while employed by the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which receives funding from city-parish government.
At a news conference on Monday, Boudreaux released a letter from the ethics board informing him the case is closed and that no action will be taken.
He said the investigation “placed a cloud of doubt on my honesty, my ethics and my legal status” and prompted his daughter to ask, “Daddy, are you going to jail?”
The state legislative auditor in March raised questions about whether Boudreaux’s employment as youth services director at the District Attorney’s Office violated state law because, as a councilman, he voted each year on city-parish government’s funding for that office.
Boudreaux, who is serving his third term on the council, was aware of the potential conflict when he ran for office and had requested a state attorney general’s opinion on the issue.
The Attorney General’s Office, in a 2008 opinion, said Boudreaux could continue serving as a councilman while also working for the DA’s Office if his salary was paid by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury rather than Lafayette city-parish government. The 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office serves Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes. Boudreaux did work in all three parishes.
The recent state audit found that former District Attorney Mike Harson used funds from the Lafayette Parish section of the DA’s Office to reimburse Vermilion Parish for Boudreaux’s salary, raising questions anew about a potential conflict.
But the investigation determined the money Harson had used to reimburse Vermilion Parish came from a special court fine account, not city-parish government funds.
Boudreaux had worked for the DA’s Office about two decades, but District Attorney Keith Stutes chose not to keep him on staff when he took office in 2015 after defeating Harson for the seat.