Sheriff gets control over grant money
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff is now in charge of nearly $4 million in crime-fighting money for the parish.
It means Mayor-President Kip Holden has no say.
For the past four months, Holden and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux have been at odds over what to do with money from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. A new requirement calling for signatures from both have also held up the applications.
GOHSEP decided Thursday to give the spending power to the sheriff saying the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness failed to follow the rules.