BR official accused of taking bribes put on leave
The East Baton Rouge Parish official accused of receiving gifts in exchange for rewarding a no-bid contract for crime cameras has been put on administrative leave.
Mayor-President Kip Holden's office put out a press release saying he had accepted the retirement of Don Evans, the city-parish Director of Information Services, and had also placed him on leave until his retirement at the end of the month.
Evans was listed in federal court documents as having accepted bribes from the owner of NetMethods, the company which was awarded a contract to install crime-spotting cameras around East Baton Rouge. The filing claims Evans was given Saints tickets, a lavish birthday party and hotel visits by the company's owner, Mark St. Pierre.
Evans' actions are under investigation by the city-parish; he has not been charged with a crime at this time.