St. Bernard council holds Wednesday emergency session

St. Bernard council holds Wednesday emergency session

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - It's a game of legislative cat and mouse in St. Bernard Parish.

The council is trying to take steps to take control of parish data away from embattled president Dave Peralta.

Just hours after Peralta fired two top administrators, the parish council is stepping in to try and take control. They met in a hastily called emergency session Wednesday morning and approved two ordinances. One ordinance aims to preserve property and safety of St. Bernard's data collection system. The second cut funding to the parish president to pay for data system maintenance.

This action comes the day after Parish President Dave Peralta fired St. Bernard Parish's IT Director Jeff Brannon and Recovery Director Donny Bourgeois.

Council members say that left IT contractor Paratech in control and the council wants them out.

Peralta declined a request for an interview, but said he will veto the council ordinances later Wednesday afternoon. The council is now awaiting that veto and will go into session to override.

Council members say Paratech, Peralta's IT company, can't be trusted. However, Peralta says without them, parish government may shut down.

Right now, Peralta says there is no way to pay parish bills.

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