NEW ORLEANS - Former Jefferson Parish Chief Administrative Officer Tim Whitmer was sentenced Thursday morning in federal court to serve three years of probation.
Whitmer, 52, was also ordered to pay restitution and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony, or knowing about a crime and failing to report it, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Whitmer acknowledged knowing about a wide range of felonies by his former boss, ex-parish president Aaron Broussard.
Whitmer acknowledged going along with an alleged scheme to appoint Broussard's then-fiancee, Karen Parker, to a paralegal job for which she was not qualified. After Parker and Broussard married, she continued to hold the title of paralegal supervisor, but never did any paralegal work. Instead, prosecutors said, she worked for another department, processing employee I.D. cards.
Whitmer retired from his post in Jefferson Parish government in 2009, at the height of the investigation into corruption in parish government. The insurance agency owned by Whitmer and his wife, Lagniappe Industries, faced intense scrutiny for its dealings with parish government and parish contractors. Whitmer had worked in parish government for 30 years, ascending to the rank of chief administrative officer during the Tim Coulon and later Aaron Broussard administrations. Broussard resigned amid scandal in early 2010.