New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board’s legal concerns delay hiring of Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant
The Deputy of New Orleans Cedric Grant is persistently facing serious problems on his next career move. It is said that the olive branch among members of the Sewerage & Water Board to hire him is away from the administration of Mayor.
The officials said on Wednesday that the latest transfer of deputy from one agency to another could overrule the state law that prevents public officials from doing business with their former public employer for 2 years after relinquishing the job. On the other hand, city officials said that we had reached on some settlement and decided to place Grand as the Executive Director of the S&WB. Whereas, the higher echelons of water board made a contact with Board of Ethics to assess the legality of this matter.
Actually, Grant was considered as Top favorite candidate for the post of executive director after the retirement of Marcia St. Martin. It was being negotiated that he would be appointed on this post till the end of January but unfortunately he could not be appointed.
To meet with administrative needs, the board he appointed Bob Miller Deputy Executive Director on interim basis.
A legal ethics professor of Loyola University Dane Ciolino said that “I have first heard about that state law that does not allow an official to join another job. I think board members of S&WB are too much precautious”. He further said this is undoubtedly not what is intended by law.