CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury flatly rejected a request Tuesday from former Parish Manager John Rouchon to be paid for accumulated compensatory time and his pro-rated salary for two days following his dismissal.
When the jurors began their new terms on Jan. 11, they declined to reappoint Rouchon as parish manager and jury treasurer, although they agreed to pay him through Jan. 17, the end of the pay period.
Rouchon claimed that, under state law, he remained the jury’s treasurer until jurors appointed Julie Gardner to the post Jan. 19.
He also said he had accumulated 124 hours of compensatory time for which no provisions were made to pay him, noting that no one had ever been dismissed from jury employment without being paid for outstanding compensatory time.
Jurors refused to consider his request for the extra salary but briefly discussed whether he is due payment for overtime accumulated during his tenure.
“I feel he was no longer employed by the parish,” Juror Ed Brooks said of the salary issue.
Jury President Louis Kent said he does not recall the jury paying anyone for compensatory time during his 20 years on the jury, but he said the jury’s personnel policies allow payment for only 40 hours of “comp time.”
Asked for his legal opinion, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla replied, “His term ended; you don’t have to pay him.”
On a motion rejecting both requests, only Juror Chris Hall dissented in support of Rouchon.
On another matter, the jury agreed to hire Garrety and Associates, of Baton Rouge and Mandeville, to conduct the annual financial audit for 2015.
Finance Committee Chairman Dwight Hill said the jury should have acted sooner to ensure the audit is submitted to the state Legislative Auditor’s Office by June 30.
The firm offered to audit the books for a maximum of $20,000.