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Parish employee suspended for taking equipment home

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago April 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015 Tuesday, April 28 2015 April 28, 2015 5:31 PM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

NEW ROADS - The Director of the Recreation Department for Pointe Coupee Parish was suspended for three days without pay after he took parish equipment home.

According to an email obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit, Sal Genusa was suspended over a box grader found at his home after it had been sitting there for months.

"(It's) Very, very concerning," Pointe Coupee Parish Police Juror Dewey Dukes said. "No one can take parish equipment home. We passed a rule and asked that you have no parish equipment at your house."

Parish Administrator John Grezaffi agreed, and turned over all of this information to the District Attorney's Office.

"Taking equipment and using ti for personal use to me is a violation," Grezaffi said.

Genusa's lawyer called all of this a misunderstanding.

"It's just a bunch of bull in my opinion," Cy D'Aquilla said.

D'Aquilla said his client takes his personal equipment to work which saves taxpayers money.

"Sal has used all of his equipment to make the parish better," D'Aquilla said. "Let's assume Sal wouldn't use that equipment. They'd have to go do work Sal is doing and performing for them."

The email also noted that a lawnmower found at Genusa's home belonged to the recreation department. The parish police jury sold it in a sealed bid made by a private citizen, who then turned around and sold the mower to Genusa.

As these revelations come to light, some elected leaders plan to call for Genusa's termination.

"In every other case we've had in the past six months, people were terminated," Dukes said. "What's good for one parish employee should be good for others."

Grezaffi said there's a parish ordinance that allows employees to sign equipment out. However, Genusa did not do that in this case.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the police jury took no action against Genusa.

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