Unidentified sources claim members John Miller and Quincy Richard, both of Opelousas, sought money from interim Supt. Joseph Cassimere for their votes at the meeting that was supposed to be held Wednesday, Sept. 26.
An FBI agent advised the Sheriff’s Office late Monday night that he had just met with met with Miller and Richard in a sting operation.
That meeting, according to public record, occurred at a gas station on I-49 north of Opelousas.
What might have been said to the board members to attract them to a late-night meeting is not part of the record.
The record also does not reflect how much was allegedly being sought for the votes.
The report says the agent advised both targets to stay away from Cassimere and told Cassimere to contact the Sheriff’s Office if either tried to reach him.
Neither of the board members has commented, nor will Cassimere, citing the investigation’s status.
Cassimere is one of five candidates for the post.
Under state law, an applicant must get a majority of the “entire membership” of the board.
There are 13 board seats, but one is vacant.
Whether the entire membership at this point is 12 or 13 is a hair that lawyers will have to split.
Either way, it appears that to be hired for the post, a superintendent candidate will need seven votes, whenever that voting occurs.
Cassimere has been interim superintendent since March.
He succeeded Interim Supt. Donnie Perron, who succeeded Supt. Michael Nassif after Nassif took a flyer one night last fall.
As interim superintendent, Cassimere has guided the system through a Reduction in Force and from the edge of financial collapse.
Cassimere’s brother Raymond is a board member but cannot vote on his candidacy.
The board’s next scheduled meeting is the regular monthly session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.