- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The three Lafayette Parish School Board members who do not support an investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper have asked their fellow members to give their reasons for hiring an attorney to lead the inquiry into allegations against him.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/RTN6DK ) board members Shelton Cobb, Kermit Bouillion and Mark Cockerham ask other board members Tuesday to disclose the charges they want an attorney to investigate. They say it is required by a state law related to special counsel resolutions.

The resolution passed muster with the Attorney General’s Office, which gave its approval on May 13, about a week after the board approved and submitted it to the state office for review.

The board’s request to hire special counsel for an investigation of Cooper’s management decisions and arguments against it aren’t new.

Cooper contested the board’s initial resolution, approved by the board in July, for several reasons, among them that it had no specific reasons to launch an investigation.

That resolution’s approval was delayed because it wasn’t immediately sent to the Attorney General’s Office for review, then was stonewalled in late October after then-general counsel Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton Jr. told the Attorney General’s Office that there was no cause for the investigation.

Hamilton - and the District Attorney’s Office - was relieved as general counsel in November and an interim counsel was not named until March. The board’s special counsel resolution was approved in April at the request of interim counsel. However, the attorney hired for the investigation withdrew about a week after submitting a public records request to Cooper’s office. The attorney cited time conflicts.


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

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