Measure would return financial control of the coroner's office to the parish council
A bill that would return financial control of the St. Tammany Parish coroner's office to the parish council is heading to the full Senate after it was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee.
Rep. Tim Burns, R-Mandeville, told the Senate Judiciary B Committee the bill revokes cerain financial management authority given to the coroner, Dr. Peter Galvan, because of alleged financial abuses of his office.
"Some of these abuses include payroll, which has skyrocketed 350% since 1994," Burns said.
"This has been a black eye for us. We have been embarrassed by it. We want to correct it as soon as possible. It's not how we want our parish to be perceived nor run," said Parish President Pat Brister.
"It will put the finances back into a transparency mode that it should be," Brister said.