Posted: Jul 5, 2011 5:54 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jul 5, 2011 7:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says he will move forward with plans to spend a portion of state money from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness or GOHSEP.
He says Mayor Kip Holden has not signed off on the plan, but he has gotten the support of the other law enforcement leaders in the parish.
Sheriff Gautreaux tells News Two GOHSEP gave him the green light several weeks ago. Parish law enforcement agreed to use the money to purchase a second command observation tower. It is a command post with a lift to see over large crowds or parking lots. It provides officers with cameras, computers and other equipment. The sheriff's office already owns one tower.
Sheriff Gautreaux and Mayor Holden have been at odds over the control of some state money. About four million dollars designated for the parish remains in limbo.
Mayor Holden had no comment when contacted about our story.