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City Council turns a curious eye to sheriff's emergency $3.5 million funding request

A 2013 photo of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman A 2013 photo of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The New Orleans City Council holds a special meeting to discuss whether to grant emergency funding to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.

Nola.com reports Sheriff Marlin Gusman asked city lawmakers to send him $3.5 million in emergency funds to cover overages in his operating budget.

Gusman tells council members without the funds he won't be able to make payroll this month.

But council members are having difficulty understanding why the budget is so short in light of plans to send Gusman $2.8 million to cover needed expenses.

Council member Jason Williams sent a letter asking Gusman to attend today's 10 a.m. meeting to explain how the financial circumstances of his office became so dire.

Also in that Friday letter, Williams asks about $1.5 million spent on unbudgeted jail and inmate supplies.

Last month, a court appointed financial monitor for the jail, looked into city hall's concerns that Gusman could be overspending by as much as $10 million this year.

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