JEFFERSON, La. -- Jefferson Parish President John Young confirmed that his office has joined the sheriff’s office to investigate corruption in the parish Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement.
The investigation apparently focuses on the actions of a parish code inspector who was arrested in October.
Alphonse Chauvin Sr., 70, a former Jefferson Parish plumbing inspector, was charged Oct. 12 with injuring public records and malfeasance in office. On Oct. 15, he retired.
Eyewitness News later found state inspector records that showed that Alphonse had been representing the parish with an expired license for nearly two years.
Parish Councilman Mark Spears Jr., chairman of the council’s ethics committee, complained at Wednesday’s council meeting that the council has been kept in the dark about the probe. The council passed a resolution asking the administration for a full report at an ethics committee meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Council President John Young acknowledged the investigation but declined to give details about an ongoing matter regarding parish personnel.
“In terms of code inspection, we have been working in conjunction with the sheriff’s office in an ongoing investigation and that’s all I can say at this point,” Young told Eyewitness News.
Spears said Young needs to give the council more information.
“I guess it was kind of confirmed today that something is going on by the parish president,” Spears said. “So now let’s get the answers and let us know what kind of investigation is going on, (and) how many employees are involved….”