Warren Montgomery, who will be sworn in Jan. 12 as the first new district attorney for St. Tammany and Washington parishes in 30 years, plans to have something else new to the office ready when he takes the oath: a policies and procedures manual.
That document will stem from the work of four committees that Montgomery created to serve as the transition team for his new administration.
Longtime District Attorney Walter Reed chose not to seek a sixth term amid a federal grand jury investigation and a raft of stories in the news media about his office’s practices, his side business dealings and his questionable use of campaign funds.
Montgomery, who won a runoff this month against Brian Trainor, the chief deputy of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, didn’t disclose the names of his transition team initially. But this week, he told The New Orleans Advocate who is chairing each committee and what they’ve been doing in the weeks since the election.
“Each committee prepared an analysis of existing policies and procedures at the DA’s office along with recommendations,” Montgomery said in a text message. “I am reviewing their proposals and hope to have a written policy manual for implementation on 1/11/15.”
The lack of a written manual of office policies is something that all the candidates running to replace Reed lamented during the campaign.
Covington attorney Beth Alston, whose website describes her practice as “devoted almost exclusively to the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility,” is heading Montgomery’s ethics committee. Alston formerly worked for the Louisiana Bar Association, according to Tony LeMon, another member of Montgomery’s team.
LeMon, who was active in Montgomery’s campaign, is heading up the civil committee. LeMon, who also serves on the St. Tammany Parish charter review commission and the board of the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, said civil work makes up the majority of his private practice.
Greg Weiss, a Mandeville lawyer who formerly worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is heading up the criminal committee.
Scott Delacroix, of the large law firm Adams & Reese, is chairing the administration and finance committee. He is senior trial lawyer for the firm’s governmental relations team and also serves as a board member of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.