A defeated Iberia Parish sheriff candidate hired by incumbent Sheriff Louis Ackal will be replacing a retiring captain who oversees the parish’s neighborhood watch program, officials said.
David “Spike” Boudoin, who won 18 percent of the primary vote, will be paid $50,658 a year and begin work as a captain overseeing community relations, replacing retiring Capt. Anthony Green, Maj. Ryan Turner said.
Boudoin will oversee the neighborhood watch program and serve as a liaison “if people have issues they want to let us be aware of,” Turner said.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Green said about 12 neighborhood watch groups exist — some of which function through social media — and four meet regularly. Green said he’s training Boudoin to replace him as he prepares to retire by the end of the year.
Ackal, who won 47 percent of the primary vote and is up for re-election Saturday against former Iberia Parish Warden Roberta Boudreaux, previously refused to answer questions about Boudoin’s hiring, including the salary he’d be paid or his job duties. He announced he was hiring Boudoin at the same time Boudoin endorsed him in the Nov. 21 runoff.
The sheriff’s refusal to provide the information prompted The Advocate to file a public records request on Nov. 6 seeking records on that and other information about the agency’s operations.
While Turner verbally provided information this week about Boudoin’s salary, job title and duties, the records sought in the request have yet to be provided. In a fax sent Tuesday morning, the Sheriff’s Office attorney and records custodian, Steve Elledge, said because of the volume of the request, it cannot be satisfied until Monday.
The request seeks documents related to Boudoin’s position and of any employees who held the position before him, documents related to Turner’s position as public information officer and an up-to-date list of all Sheriff’s Office employees and their job titles. It also requests documentation of defeated candidate Bobby Jackson’s brief stint at the Sheriff’s Office in 2008.
Jackson said he endorsed Ackal after losing in the 2007 primary race and was hired after Ackal took office as an intelligence analyst — a role he held in the U.S. Army — but was edged out after a little more than two months. He said he was denied working space, equipment and direction on his duties, all while being paid a competitive salary.
That year, Jackson had run for sheriff and had come in third place with 11 percent of the vote. A fourth candidate got 5 percent, while Ackal and candidate David Landry tied at 42 percent. Ackal would go on to win the runoff with 52 percent.
Turner confirmed Jackson was hired for the position, but he did not have details about why Jackson’s employment terms were not fulfilled. Boudoin worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 22 years before leaving in 2004 for a position with the 16th Judicial District.
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