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AG Foti: fmr. Levee Board president Jim Huey broke law

Foti: Levee Board president broke law

A unilateral decision in July by the Orleans Levee Board's then-president, Jim Huey, to pay himself nearly $100,000 in back salary was a clear violation of state law, Attorney General Charles Foti said Thursday in an opinion issued by his staff.
Furthermore, Foti wrote, the $1,000-a-month salary that Huey collected from June through October was illegal because Huey failed to get approval from the board of commissioners.
The opinion, written in response to an Oct. 17 request by state Inspector General Sharon Robinson, does not address whether Huey must repay the money. But the salary matter is expected to be a topic of discussion today when the board holds its monthly meeting.
Huey, who took the helm of the flood control agency in 1996, resigned Thursday.
Huey maintains that he stepped down voluntarily, but sources say Gov. Kathleen Blanco demanded his resignation after criticism of Huey by his fellow board members had mounted in recent weeks. Blanco controls six of the eight seats on the board...