Sunday, May 5, 2013

Louisiana: Columnist notes that is the St. Tammany Parish Coroner recall can't get on the ballot, no recall call

Columnist James Gill notes the difficulty Louisiana voters have in getting recalls on the ballot, but cites the extreme circumstances in the case of St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan. Petitioners have 180 days to get 53,000 valid signatures. Here is some of the bill of particulars that have brought Galvan to the cusp of a serious recall fight:

 Galvan responded by raising his own salary to more than $200,000, and paying himself for what he claimed was unused vacation time, while maintaining a medical practice several miles away. He raised several subordinates to the six-figure class, although autopsies proceed at a leisurely pace in the ''burbs, and hosted boozy meals at public expense. Voters might have been less inclined to approve that millage increase, which brought in $3 million a year, if they had known that Galvan, even after building a new DNA lab, would have enough left over to buy a boat and pay for flying lessons in California.

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