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|Clark ousted as PJ treasurer|
In a second major personnel move in just over one month, the Franklin Parish Police Jury terminated Treasurer Larry Clark last week and made moves to name an immediate replacement.
Clark, who began working in the Franklin Parish Clerk of Court office in 1977 shortly after graduating from college, was hired last April on a probationary basis.
In a special jury meeting last Thursday evening, jurors voted 4-3 to end Clark's employment. A last minute attempt to extend his services for up to 30 days was also defeated by jurors.
Although the jury offered no official explanation for Clark's release, several jurors were known to have been dissatisfied recently by the absence of current financial reports. Clark was absent from the most recent regular jury meeting and no treasurer's report was offered.
"I want to go on record as saying that it is totally unacceptable for us not to have a treasurer's report," said Juror Jackie Johnson at that meeting.
Prior to the Thursday meeting when Clark was dismissed, Jury President Harvey Guimbellot said, "A number of jurors are upset with the lack of information on finances. But, I think we'll get it solved."
Attempts to reach Clark for comment have been unsuccessful.
In moving quickly to fill the position, the Jury sought a ruling that it could use on-file applications instead of re advertising the position.
Sources close to the jury said that four persons who applied for the treasurer's post, when Clark was selected, were well qualified and one could be appointed as early as Tuesday night in another specially called meeting.
The jury would have to complete parliamentary regulations necessary to forgo the advertising process.
Replacing the treasurer comes at a critical time for the Jury and is the second major personnel move in a short time.
Bill Mulkey resigned as part-time Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in mid September, shortly after the affects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike had materialized. Former Winnsboro Police Chief Mitch Reynolds was named as a full time director in less than a week of the Mulkey resignation.
Again, the urgency of the replacement was apparently dictated by hurricane recovery needs.
Presently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is inspecting damages to public property in the parish with the outcome to play heavily in future federal funding.
The Louisiana Recovery Authority announced Friday plans to require local governments to help prepare for recovery funding for Gustav and Ike. It is unclear how much financial information will be needed in this effort.