Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard said Friday he is moving to sack the head of the East Jefferson Levee District, who publicly questioned the Broussard administration's decision to evacuate drainage pump workers as Hurricane Katrina hurtled towards the Gulf Coast.
Broussard sent a letter asking Gov. Kathleen Blanco to remove Patrick Bossetta as Levee Board president and to install Bobby Bourgeois, one of Broussard's executive assistants, as an interim board member.
The request was the latest sign that the Aug. 28 evacuation of the pump operators has become a political powder keg for Broussard. While Bossetta was among the first to go public second-guessing the administration, other critics have come forward in Kenner, on the Parish Council and especially among the myriad residents whose homes Katrina flooded.
Broussard cited Bossetta's questioning in a written statement disclosed that he had written to Blanco. He also criticized Bossetta for failing to inform him that Metairie was flooding after Katrina passed Aug. 29...