Edwards & Landry at odds over commission appointment

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday that proper protocol was not followed when Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed a member to the Red River Waterway Commission.

Landry made the announcement during a news conference at Shreveport’s Caddo Levee District headquarters. 

Ronald Lattier was appointed to the commission by Edwards following the death of Mickey Prestridge.

Landry says Lattier was appointed despite the nomination of Carolyn Prator to the position.

Prator is the wife of Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, who has criticized Edwards’ criminal justice reforms. 

Landry says this isn’t politically motivated. He says his office was contacted for an opinion on the appointment from State Senators Greg Tarver, Barrow Peacock, and the Caddo Levee District. Click here for that opinion.

“When filling a vacancy in the parish membership of the Commission, it is imperative that the appointing authorities follow the statutory appointment scheme whereby the nominating entities submit nominations to the Governor, and the Governor appoints from among the nominees submitted to him,” declared General Landry. “Any member appointed contrary to statute holds the office unlawfully and is subject to challenge.”

Edwards is calling today’s new conference from Landry a ‘political stunt’.

“Everyone should see this for what it is – another cheap political stunt from the Attorney General. The simple fact of the matter is that Caddo Parish is not lacking any representation on the commission.  Caddo Parish continues to have the same representation on this commission today as it has for more than a decade”.

The Governor’s office says Lattier was nominated to the Red River Waterway Commission last year by the Caddo Parish Commission

Landry says his office will monitor the situation. “We will continue to work together to protect the representation of Northwest Louisiana.”

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