“In terms of salary, we can’t pay what he was making in the private sector. We were able to get him for less.”
–Gov. Piyush Jindal, in a rare interview (by telephone), on the hiring of former executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission and former executive counsel Tim Barfield to be the new secretary of the Department of Revenue at a salary of $250,000 per year.
“This young lady does not have as much experience as other candidates in the packet that is in front of me.”
–Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) member Carolyn Hill, on the selection of Heather Cope of Seattle as the new BESE executive director–a candidate whose strength is the correct use of hyphens.
“This is a travesty.”
–BESE member Lottie Beebe, on the selection of Cope.
“I thought at the end of the day this was the best candidate.”
–BESE member Chas Roemer, sounding like Piyush Jindal with his “at the end of the day.”
“We are bringing forth who we think is the strongest candidate.”
–BESE President Penny Dastugue (of the BESE walking quorums), on the decision to hire Cope.
“That’s Nuts! There will be a national search. I have their (the LSU Board of Supervisors) commitment.”
–LSU Interim President Bill Jenkins, on speculation that the fix was in for the appointment of Department of Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret as the permanent successor to fired LSU President John Lombardi, leaving unanswered the question of whether or not a commitment from a board heavy with Jindal appointees carries any meaning.