Video Archive of IDB Meetings (with highlights
outlined to spare INCREDIBLE boredom!!)
December 13, 2013
Nevertheless, noticeably absent from the above meeting was any discussion of
December 9, 2013 Louisiana Inspector General report entailing IDB
payroll irregularities and the fact that IDB Executive Director Sandy
Edmonds had lied to investigators about instances in which she was on
vacations out-of-state yet claimed she was on the clock (at $31/hour 5 hours
a day, according to the Inspector General). For such deceit to OIG
Investigators, the OIG report recommends that the IDB "consider appropriate
disciplinary action against Ms. Edmonds, up to and including termination."
June 20, 2013
IDB Executive Director Sandy Edmonds responds, "that's
none of your business, Mr. Burns" when he openly inquires if
the relative for whom she took two days funeral leave on April 22, 2013 and
April 23, 2013, whom he knew to be her spouse's grandmother, is indeed
Matthew Edmonds' grandmother. Burns then relays, as evidenced by Ms.
Edmonds own email
correspondence to Board Member Karen Hazel, that grandmother-in-law does
NOT qualify a State Employee for funeral leave. Board
Member (and Treasurer) Karen Hazel (wife of
Lowell Hazel) appears to have been only too willing to go along
with the improper leave until confronted with it by Burns, whom she then
demands to "take a seat" after interrupting him and relaying she would "look
into the matter." For more details on Ms. Edmonds' employment-related
issues, refer to the March 14, 2013 video below (5:50 - 6:44 segment).
April 22, 2013
No highlights. Just the usual B/S about another fire transpiring which, of
course, can be remedied through ID licensure!
March 14, 2013
5:07 - 5:20:Acting Chairman Dr. T. L. Ritchie extols the virtues of one license
applicant having been profiled in In Register magazine (stating it's "high
society") with Executive Director Sandy Edmonds relaying
she has been in it also.
5:50 - 6:44:Executive Director Sandy Edmonds relays the fact that the
Louisiana Attorney General's Office has been contacted and purportedly relayed that Ms.
Edmonds' revised employment agreement may be discussed in Executive Session.
Nevertheless, Ms. Edmonds relays that, as
a result of this faxed threat of litigation of the preceding day, Ms. Edmonds opts to
"waive my right" to have the discussion in Executive Session. Smart
move!! Given that the discussion took all of 54 seconds (21 of
which were spent relaying the ES details), one would have to question why ES
was ever proposed in the first place (especially since it clearly entailed
no discussion whatsoever of Ms. Edmonds "character or competence").
CLICK HERE for a copy of Ms. Edmonds' previous
employment agreement with some interesting features highlighted.
Interestingly enough, on September 17, 2012, the LALB, which shares the same
Executive Director, Ms. Edmonds, and the same Legal Counsel, Anna Dow,
convened a hearing in which Larry
Bankston chose to question Burns extensively regarding "blatant payroll
fraud" concerning Ms. Edmonds. Also interestingly, at the
May 21, 2012 LALB
meeting, Burns politely suggested that the LALB modify Ms. Edmonds
employment agreement in light of numerous problems cited by the Legislative
Auditor. Instead of accepting Burns' suggestion, the LALB instead
decided to convene the aforementioned hearing. Then, incredibly, the
LALB did in fact modify Ms. Edmonds agreement at its meeting of March 5,
2013. Gee, first it's a "we're going after you with both barrels for
raising questions about this employment agreement," and later there's an
unspoken, "we've got problems and we need to modify this employment
6:50 - 7:21:Acting Chairman Dr. T. L. Ritchie explains that, at the request of
Chairman Deborah Steinmetz, the proposal to hire
Larry S. Bankston as a 2nd attorney @
$150/hour for a maximum of $5,000 per fiscal year, was tabled. The IDB
never reintroduced the item.