ST. TAMMANY, La. -- A new public records request has already been sent to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office from the parish president.
Eyewitness News told you first that Pat Brister was disappointed with the documents she received from Peter Galvan’s office, per her request last week.
She said the 18 pages are not what she asked for.
"This is not what we need to get to the bottom of what we need to get to," she said.
What she requested, through legal means last week, was a copy of the parish coroner’s office leave policy and Peter Galvan’s time sheets for the past three years. The request comes on the heels of claims of overspending by Galvan, and Brister wants to determine that for herself.
What she got was a three-point memo on how employees earn off-time and leave request forms for Galvan dating back to 2007. Galvan’s signatures are inconsistent, some forms have scratched out hours and dates, and half show they were only approved 11 days ago, even though the off-time was taken as far back as September 2010.
"I think it's to everyone's advantage to know what's going on so we can get to the bottom of it and be over with this, but it's being dragged out a lot longer than I would want and would expect," Brister said.
The coroner's office had no comment about the records, but citizens say, at best, these are questionable. At worst, they're insulting.
"This is just to give the parish something," said Concerned Citizens of Lacombe member Rick Franzo, "That to me is arrogance."
To Franzo, having these type documents come out of a parish probe, during a legislative auditor investigation and federal grand jury inquiry, only widens the wound.
"If Galvan was a good steward of the people in St. Tammany Parish, he wouldn't be hiding, but he's hiding, he's hiding from the truth," said Franzo.
Brister’s new request outlines what the coroner’s office missed and asks if the reason the information was left out is due to the records not existing, to acknowledge that. The deadline for the new request is in three days, but Brister hopes to get a response before then.