As reported by LouisianaVoice earlier this week, LSU System General Counsel has resigned, reportedly under pressure, as the chief legal advisor to the state’s flagship university’s administration.
Dr. Roxanne Townsend, CEO of the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans, was relieved of her position and reassigned by Dr. Frank Opelka, head of LSU’s health care system on Wednesday of this week.
Lamonica is the fourth LSU official to resign, be fired or reassigned by the Jindal administration in less than six months. System President John Lombardi was fired in April by the LSU Board of Supervisors acting on directions from the governor and on Aug. 26, Dr. Fred Cerise, head of the LSU health care system similarly dismissed and replaced by Opelka late last month.
Reached at home Wednesday, Lamonica acknowledged that he had resigned. When asked if he was asked or pressured into resigning, he declined to comment further except to say that he is remaining on as a tenured professor at the LSU Law Center.
Lamonica was appointed as United States attorney for the middle district of Louisiana in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. President Bill Clinton appointed L.J. Hymel to replace him in 1994. Prior to that, Lamonica worked as executive counsel to Gov. Dave Treen.
He becomes the latest in a growing line of rank and file state employees, administrators, agency directors and cabinet secretaries who Jindal has either fired outright or, in the case of two legislators, demoted from committee assignments.