- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Ethics considerations are preventing a promotion for the husband of a member of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet.

Louisiana’s Ethics Board says Kathy Kliebert’s (klee-bert) position as chief of the state health department will prevent a job promotion for her husband, Lynn Kliebert.

Lynn Kliebert is assistant chief financial officer of Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City. He was being considered for the newly vacant chief financial officer’s job.

But the board advised that, because Teche Regional receives Medicaid payments and is regulated by the department, Lynn Kliebert cannot hold the chief financial officer position.

“In addition, with the duties and responsibilities assigned to the CFO, he would be entering into transactions with DHH,” another ethics no-no, the board said.

“Obviously, he will not accept the position. We knew that was a possibility going in,” Kliebert said in a Friday telephone interview with The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1JgJqRb). “It was a natural progression, but again we thought it might be an issue.”

The board advisory opinion came in response to a request from DHH’s Executive Counsel Stephen Russo.

Russo wrote that Kliebert, as secretary, has recused herself from all decisions that may impact Teche Regional.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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