$90K not enough for top attorneys to remain exclusive to parish
Plaquemines Parish is looking for a top-tier attorney to join its Legal Department, but at the current pay, Lead Attorney Rennie Buras said the only folks interested are lawyers fresh out of law school and retirees.
Buras updated the council on his struggles to fill the vacant spot in the Legal Department just moments after being confirmed by the new council as lead parish attorney during a special meeting Jan. 3 in Belle Chasse. The meeting was called to appoint parish directors and council officers, which all went according to plan. But the meeting also presented the new council with its first sticking points.
District 5 council member Benny Rousselle offered an amendment to a proposed ordinance which would boost Buras’ salary from $106,000 to $120,000, boost the first assistant attorney’s salary from $87,250 to $90,000 and create an economic development director position salaried at $62,500. The ordinance passed unanimously with the amendment reiterating that all Legal Department attorneys must submit an affidavit confirming compliance with an existing ordinance forbidding casework outside of parish business. That’s when Buras told the council that $90,000 isn’t enough to attract the quality of first assistant attorney needed to round out his department.
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