LAFAYETTE — An additional full-time auditor will soon be hired to oversee collections in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Parking and Transit Department following the second investigation of theft of parking funds in the past year, according to a memo sent by ULL President Joseph Savoie to faculty and staff Tuesday.
The memo is posted on Savoie’s university blog.
Earlier this month, university police confirmed they were investigating a complaint made in September about missing parking and transit funds, but would not comment on whether fired parking and transit director Simon Broussard was suspected or implicated in the investigation.
ULL Police Chief Joey Sturm wrote in an email response Tuesday that there were no updates in the ongoing investigation.
Broussard was fired Oct. 27 and a day later died in an apparent suicide in a Baton Rouge hotel room.
For the past two weeks, Sturm has overseen the department and is reviewing its operations, Savoie stated.
“While our campus community is overcoming a loss — one that cannot be measured monetarily — we are also reaffirming our commitment to professionalism and accountability, and taking confident steps forward,” Savoie wrote in the memo.
Money oversight issues for the department go back to 2007, when its former parking and transit director William Joseph Dudley was arrested for felony theft for stealing from the department. Earlier this year, parking and transit employee, Nancy Eileen Hanson was arrested for allegedly stealing $85,000 from the department.
After the 2007 incident, internal controls were instituted such as computerized systems and cameras to monitor transactions, wrote Savoie, who took over as president in 2008.
In May, a new funds handling compliance accountant position was created for reviews of all cash collections at the university, Savoie wrote. Department heads were also instructed to implement stronger internal controls of cash receipts.
The university is now researching alternative parking collection methods, including no-cash systems at its pay lots, Savoie wrote.