Posted: Jul 6, 2011 5:47 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jul 6, 2011 6:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are violating state law.
He says the sheriff's signature is not needed to collect millions of dollars in federal grants distributed by GOHSEP. The situation and developed into a standoff between the mayor and the sheriff.
GOHSEP leaders tell News 2 they want the parish's spending plans to be finalized by the middle of July. If that doesn't happen, they would open up the application process to other agencies within the parish.
Earlier this week, Sheriff Gautreaux told News 2 he is moving forward with plans to purchase a second command observation tower. This type of elevated command center is used to help protect large crowds. Gautreaux says he made the plans after meeting with the other law enforcement leaders in the parish.
Mayor Holden says that purchase is acceptable according to guidelines. The mayor says the parish office of emergency preparedness is his responsibility. He says the current situation would allow the sheriff to interfer with those operations.