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St. Tammany takes steps to create an inspector general position


COVINGTON,  La. - St Tammany officials are taking steps to make sure alleged abuses outlined in Friday's federal charges against Coroner Peter Galvan don't occur again.

A study group comprised of citizens and elected officials is now looking at the formation of an office of inspector general. The group is looking for ways to make sure the inspector general can investigate all aspects of parish government.

"There's a study group that's participating right now, looking to see if the inspector general will have authority for other agencies, aside from the Parish Council and president," said Council Chairman Jerry Binder.

If laws need to be changed, the study group is expected to release its findings sometime in early spring, ahead of next year's legislative session.

In the meantime, Galvan is expected to step down by Friday after being charged with several counts of public corruption.

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