CLINTON — The East Feliciana Police jury, in a split vote Tuesday night, hired former parish manager and homeland security director Olin Stubbs as the parish’s new code enforcement officer.
The position was left vacant with the recent resignation of Russ Hicks.
Police jurors Ed Brooks, Jason McCrey, Dennis Aucoin and Louis Kent voted in favor of hiring Stubbs. Dwight Hill, Larry Beauchamp and Sean Smith cast the dissenting votes. Chris Hall and Keith Mills abstained.
Hall suggested going into executive session to ask Stubbs some questions, but District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said the jury could not do so because there was no call for an executive session on the meeting agenda.
However, Dwight Hill noted after the meeting that Stubbs “was terminated (from another job with the parish). If someone has been terminated, I have a lot of difficulty seeing why anyone would want to hire them back.”
Stubbs served as the parish manager, 911 director and homeland security and emergency preparedness director from 2006-2008. He gave up his position as parish manager to concentrate on the other two positions in 2008, he said after the meeting.
“I felt I was doing what was best for the parish (by giving up the position),” he said. “The three positions needed to be separated.”
Shortly after giving up the parish manager position, Stubbs said, he was fired from his position as homeland security director by then-parish president Kent.
The parish manager serves at the pleasure of the police jury, whereas the homeland security director is appointed by the parish president.
The firing was a result of politics, Stubbs said, as well as a dispute over whether he should have sought permission to buy a truck using federal grant money, which he claimed was earmarked for the purpose.
Brooks, who recommended Stubbs for the code enforcer position, called the firing a mistake.
“He did a fine job (as parish manager),” Brooks said.
Stubbs will be paid $12.50 per hour during his 90-day probationary period, after which the jury could vote to pay him more.
During their last meeting, the jury was poised to hire Leroy George as code enforcement officer, a move Hill objected amounted to cronyism because the personnel committee, headed by Brooks, interviewed only one of the five applicants for the job.
Brooks said after the meeting that George declined to submit the proper paperwork to apply for the job.