AG's Office issues opinion on Livingston Parish president checks

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Attorney General's Office has sided with Livingston's Parish President over checks he signed shortly after he took office in early January.

Council members questioned whether Parish President Layton Ricks was allowed to sign parish checks.

The matter was passed to the State Attorney General's Office for an opinion as to whether Ricks or Interim Finance Director Laurie Durnin had the authority to sign the checks.

The AG's Office said that Ricks does have the power to write checks.

"Some Council members originally said they thought it was illegal for me, as Parish President, to sign checks. That was incorrect," said Ricks. "While telling them that, we felt confident that the Charter supported our position. Now that the Attorney General has said the same, it is time to lay this matter to rest and work together to get this parish moving forward."

In addition, an ordinance that would allow the chairman of the parish council's finance committee to write checks contradicts the parish charter, and should be considered invalid.

Interim Finance Director Laurie Durnin didn't have the authority to sign checks until confirmed by the parish council, according to the Attorney General's Office.

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