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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.