BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The State Board of Private Security Examiners voted Monday to take CEO and Executive Director Fabian Blache, off of administrative leave and put him back on his job.
A fiery, contentious meeting took place Monday morning specifically to address the issue.
There are nine board members, who have the authority to hire and fire the executive director of the board. The vice chair motioned to give Blache his job back and take him off administrative leave. Blache is also required to give an outline of what the executive assistant's job duties entail, as well as all of the current executive assistant's qualifications for that job. The vote for the motion came down to 4 to 4, but the chair broke the tie, pushing it to 5 to 4 to give Blache his job back.
Blache and his executive assistant, Bridgette Hull, had been on paid administrative leave since March 29. Both have been the subject of a series of 9News investigations after an anonymous letter written by some employees was sent to the board chair. The letter claimed there was a hostile work environment and morale was at an all-time low.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an investigation into the state board after the letter and looked into 13 complaints. The EEOC investigators came back substantiating some of the complaints and said others were not founded.