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MANDEVILLE, La. St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister is calling for the Louisiana Attorney General to launch investigation into the finances of the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.

According to a statement from the parish, St. Tammany Parish government has also begun an investigation into the Dr. Peter Galvan's office, asking for records for leave policy and time sheets of the coroner.

'Government should work with efficiency and effectiveness, and there is no place for a public servant that goes down the road of abuse and squander,' said Brister. 'I have spent a career standing up for what's right and against those that would want to misuse hard-earned tax dollars. This is why I feel it is vitally important that we get the truth.'

The move comes as the office's spending habits have been called into question and the State Legislative Auditor's Office investigates the coroner's finances.

'As I have said previously, we all have our own personal feelings about the allegations, but the people of St. Tammany Parish elected the Coroner, not the Administration or Council. But the public trust should never be taken lightly or abused, much less completely disregarded,' said Brister. 'I strongly encourage the Coroner to cooperate fully with all investigations.'

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