Jan 5, 2012 7:47 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Iberia Parish President Elect Fires Employees Before Being Sworn into Office

Some Iberia Parish Government employees are starting off the new year with a notice giving them only a few days to find a new job. New Iberia Parish President, Errol "Romo" Romero, hasn't even been sworn in yet, and he's already sent at least nine employees letters saying he'd no longer be needing their services.

District 7 Council Member, John Berard, said, "pretentious enough to pink slip someone before you've even taken the oath of office, that looks like you are really too eager."

Berard said he's been involved in Iberia Parish Politics for over 20 years. He said he's never seen a new parish president fire government employees before even being sworn into office.

"According to our own charter, you can't fire someone with out just call," he said.

Parish President Elect Tony Romero gave nine employees just a few days notice to find a new job. Council member Troy Comeaux said the council expects Romero to bring in new department heads, but as for non-department heads the council is questioning if that's legal.

"There's a certain amount of change we expect with the new administration, but we also have to make are we are following the rules," Comeaux said.

Council members biggest problem is Romero firing people who aren't in leadership positions, like maintenance workers and secretaries, some have been working for Iberia Parish Government for over 20 years and council members believe they are more qualified then their replacements.

Comeaux said, "both of our employees in the human resources department have been relieved of their duties and we have payroll next week. That's going to be a huge obstacle-not having anyone to create 300 plus checks."

The council has unanimously voted to hire an outside labor attorney to further investigate this issue.



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