Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered an investigation of that Las Vegas trip by four State Troopers.
The Trooper Underground has commissioned a poll of State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson’s job performance.
Louisiana State Police (LSP) insiders confide that Edmonson is more nervous than he’s been since that attempt in 2014 to slide a bill amendment through the legislature that would have given him a $55,000 per year increase in his retirement income.
Want a good laugh in the meantime? When asked about his signature on the expense forms submitted by Derrell Williams, one of the four who drove the vehicle, Edmonson said (are you ready for this?) he allows his assistant to approve/look over this stuff and use his signature stamp.
And yet….and yet, no one has addressed that tacky action of yanking the nomination of a highly respected former Trooper of the Year so that Edmonson could stand in for the award in the company of a gaggle of his inner circle who made the trip to San Diego with him for the ceremony.
And while there has been plenty focus on the overtime pay claimed by the four who drove an unmarked State Police car to San Diego via Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, little attention has been given the salaries paid the others who attended the conference at which Edmonson was honored. And even less attention has been given to how Michelle Hyatt, wife of Lt. Rodney Hyatt and a civilian, was allowed to ride in the Expedition on that trip in violation of state regulations.
San Diego’s nice this time of year
These five guys on the clock?
Why aren’t they at the IACP conference?
In fact, it appears that officials at LSP have circled the wagons as records promised by Public Information Officer Maj. Doug Cain have not been forthcoming.
Gov. Edwards Monday ordered an INVESTIGATION by the Division of Administration (DOA) into (you know someone was going to say it) LSP Travelgate. The investigation will be conducted by DOA auditors.
While the investigation will begin with the San Diego trip, Richard Carbo, a spokesman for the governor’s office, said auditors would look for patterns and “keep going further back if they find additional information.”
It could, however evolve into a good news-bad news scenario:
In what has to be encouraging to Edmonson’s critics, Carbo said the DOA investigation would be conducted apart from an internal investigation ordered by Edmonson, who has opposed efforts to bring in outside investigators to review the Las Vegas trip for possible criminal wrongdoing.
Auditors may also look into presence a fifth passenger, a civilian, who also made the trip in the Ford Expedition permanently assigned to Deputy Superintendent Lt. Col. Charles Dupuy. Michelle Hyatt posted photos of her and husband, Lt. Rodney Hyatt (one of the four who drive the Ford Expedition) at the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam on Facebook but has since taken them down. Those photos raised speculation, since confirmed by Edmonson, that she may have been a passenger in the vehicle, a violation of state policy.
The results of that nine-question SURVEY are certain to be interesting and will be published later this week.
Each question provides five possible answers. Without listing the answer choices, the questions include:
- How effectively does Colonel Edmonson use company (agency) resources?
- How much integrity does Colonel Edmonson have?
- How consistently does Colonel Edmonson reward employees for good work?
- How consistently does Colonel Edmonson punish employees for bad work?
- How much trust to you have in Colonel Edmonson’s ability to make the right decisions?
- How well do Colonel Edmonson’s priorities match up with the goals of your company (agency)?
- How comfortable do you feel voicing your disagreement with Colonel Edmonson’s opinions?
- How knowledgeable is Colonel Edmonson about the laws that matter to your company’s (agency’s) industry (field)?
- Is Colonel Edmonson fit to lead the Louisiana State Police?
Optional: So that those taking the survey may verify that respondents are state employees, please provide your name. Names will remain strictly confidential, but if you are uncomfortable doing so, it is not required.
Optional: Provide any comments you wish to be provided to the media and the governor.