Carroll Robichaux, chairman of the Lafayette Airport Commission, says Roberts can either retire or face termination. "If Mr. Roberts doesn't retire or resign, it'll probably be the first thing on the [June 7] agenda," says Robichaux, who wants to see the aviation director replaced after more than 14 years on the job. "There are four [additional commissioners who support his termination] for sure," he adds.
Count Brenda Burley, who has served on the commission for more than a decade, among them. "I want him out, but I've wanted him out for years," she says. Burley is one of Roberts' strongest critics and says she has had professional differences with him since her first years on the commission, though she declined to discuss any specifics on the record. However, she says Roberts' demeanor and the way he treats staff and others who do business with the airport are among the reasons he should be replaced. "I would give that a good third of the [basis]," she says.
Robichaux also acknowledges Roberts' rude personality as grounds for his pending departure. "That's one of the things [Commissioner Don] Higginbotham and I talked to him about Monday [May 21]. The way he asserts himself. He's got the military attitude," Robichaux says, referencing Roberts' military service. "I can deal with him, but it's the way he handles himself in the public eye."
Shortly after Roberts refused to disclose his salary, The Daily Advertiser and a group of concerned residents began investigating spending practices of the airport staff and commission, which led to a state legislative auditor's review and resulted in policy changes such as banning post-meeting meals at the airport's expense and reimbursement of some travel costs. "I went to one meal the night I went on the board and one luncheon last year," says Robichaux, who has served for three years. While he maintains that the questionable spending is a "minute" motivation for replacing Roberts, the commission chairman declined to discuss any specifics due to potential litigation.
The Lafayette Airport Commission is made up of seven members, and Robichaux votes only in the case of a tie.
Roberts does have at least one adamant supporter in immediate past chair Jim Nunn. "Greg is imminently qualified for his job based on his past performance," says Nunn, noting recent increases in passenger boardings, air freight business and airport rental income.
In typical fashion, Roberts was abrupt in responding to a request for an interview about his job security. "I really don't have any comment at this time," he said.
Regarding the salary issue, Roberts eventually released the figures ' his is $92,000 ' after the airport's attorney, Glenn Edwards, could find no justification for his absurd Homeland Security pretext. By then, however, concerned residents had already begun an investigation that, at least in part, may ultimately cost him his job.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
American companies export smog; UN calls for cease-fire in Gaza; fist bump keeps germ transfer down and more national and international news for Monday, July 28, 2014.
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.
"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney races. The judges. They're killing us."
As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787.
Unlike those swindled by Bernie Madoff, the victims of Texas businessman Robert Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme won’t be getting any relief from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.’s emergency fund after a recent appellate court ruling.