The former director of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Parking and Transit Office died Friday in an apparent suicide in Baton Rouge one day after being terminated by the university for undisclosed reasons, officials said Wednesday.
Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Kelly said officers found Simon Broussard, 47, of Opelousas, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest inside a room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Constitution Avenue.
Kelly said officers found a suicide note at the scene, “and all indications are that he took his own life.”
ULL fired Broussard on Oct. 27, according to a notice sent by Charlene Hamilton, human resources manager at the university.
The letter instructs Broussard to “come in immediately to return your keys and all other university property.”
Sgt. Billy Abrams, a spokesman for ULL’s Police Department, declined to discuss whether Broussard had been implicated or suspected in a Sept. 2 complaint regarding missing funds from the parking and transit office.
Abrams said the matter is still under investigation.
The university declined to comment on the matter.
“The university is saddened by the death of fellow UL-Lafayette family member, Simon Broussard,” ULL President Joseph Savoie said in a statement.
“His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
This is at least the third time in recent years that the department has experienced theft.
Earlier this year, ULL police arrested Nancy Eileen Hanson for allegedly stealing $85,000 from the department between October 2009 and May 2011.
Hanson oversaw pay-parking lot collections and had been with the university on a part-time, temporary basis since February 2009.
In 2008, former parking and transit Director William Joseph Dudley pleaded no contest to felony theft for stealing from the university department.
He accepted a plea deal to pay $20,000 in restitution and to serve four years probation.
Dudley was arrested in 2007 and had been the department’s director since 2003.