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Cameron DA recuses self from investigation of school superintendent

Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 12:14 PM

By John Guidroz / American Press

Cameron Parish District Attorney Cecil Sanner said Thursday that he is recusing himself after receiving an investigative report from the state police involving School Superintendent Stephanie Rodrigue.

Sanner — who would not discuss details of the report — said he will forward the report to the state Attorney General’s Office today. After receiving the report Jan. 22, Sanner said he recused himself because the district attorney serves as general counsel for all of the parish’s public bodies and is an adviser to School Board members and the superintendent.

“We do that in a situation where there is a conflict of interest,” he said. “The attorney general will decide if they want to take further action on the report.”

Some School Board members have taken issue with Rodrigue receiving a $50,000 check in December 2012. The Cameron Pilot reported last year that Rodrigue said the money “was partial payment of accrued salary increases that she had not taken over several years, due to hurricane recovery needs.”

David L. Morgan, Rodrigue’s attorney, said in an email to the American Press that it is “simply too early to comment on the matter without having seen the report.”

The School Board in November voted to hire attorney Chris Trahan as special counsel to advise the panel on the issue involving Rodrigue’s employment contract.

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