Sunday, March 23, 2008

Contractor Board Drama

Posted By on Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 9:42 PM

By: Jeremy Alford


According to a recent state Inspector General report, one member of the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors has engaged in a flagrant abuse of power. “After reviewing available documentation and conducting interviews,” state investigators alleged that board member Donald G. Lambert  Sr., a Kenner contractor, delayed the group’s handling of an examination waiver because the applicant owed his son money. The report states that Lambert “personally requested” that a staff member remove Bruce Dalrymple’s application and later left a voice mail for Executive Director Charles Marceaux indicating that the debt had been paid and that Lambert “would not object to the board granting Mr. Dalrymple’s request.” Since Lambert’s actions “may have circumvented state law and circumvented board procedure,” the Inspector General’s Office recommended that the case be forwarded to the state Board of Ethics for further investigation. In a lengthy written response, Lambert denies the allegations. “At no time did I ever take any action which could be deemed unethical and/or improper,” he said in his response

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