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Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph will appear before the Ethics Adjudicatory Board this spring regarding ethics charges against her.
The hearing is set for March 7.
Randolph faces charges related to a Grand Isle camp she owns and rented to BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
According to the state's documents, Randolph, her husband, George, and their company, Randolph Publications, got $50,000 in rental fees from BP between June and October 2011.
That constitutes a conflict of interest because Lafourche Parish government got $1 million from BP to cover spill-related expenses, state officials said.
“She was prohibited from having any personal dealings with them,” Ethics Board spokeswoman Alainna Giacone has said.
Randolph met with Ethics Board attorneys on multiple occasions in 2012, according to Giacone.
Giacone has said settlement negotiations were being discussed.
In May, an Ethics Board attorney told Randolph the board rejected a settlement proposal that would have dismissed the charges. The attorney said the board would be open to reviewing subsequent proposals.
A settlement counter offer was rejected by the Board of Ethics in October, according to the conference report.
Though Giacone said a hearing is scheduled, it is unclear what other action was taken at last week's telephone conference. A conference report about the meeting will be available later this week.
Last week, Randolph declined to comment on the conference aside from saying she is hopeful the matter will be settled soon.
Any resulting penalty would be decided by the Adjudicatory Board.
Reports provided by Giacone indicate Randolph and her husband argued in a February conference they self-reported the infraction and believe they acted diligently.
Randolph will have an opportunity to defend herself at the hearing, Giacone has said.
State law says the board is authorized to order Randolph to forfeit the money from BP and order payment of other penalties.