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Gretna residents voice concerns to City Council after Zurik investigation

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GRETNA, LA (WVUE) -

Some angry Gretna residents went to the Gretna City Council on Wednesday to express concerns after a Lee Zurik investigation.

“I think everybody is concerned, everybody that lives in Gretna,” resident Linda Sanchez said.

As council members gathered Wednesday night for a regularly scheduled meeting and then went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter, the  Zurik investigation weighed on some minds.

“When this came up, I was alarmed and shocked,” resident Melanie Andrews said.

The investigation centered around Gretna Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana. We found evidence that Christiana may have been paid while on vacation. Some of the trips were for his side job operating a dignitary protection service. Others were personal trips, where Gretna taxpayers paid, but records show he didn't take a single vacation day.

“If you’ve done something wrong, then own up to it and pay the taxpayers back. That’s all we ask,” Sanchez said.

Residents who went to the council said they want an independent investigation into the allegations.

“Perhaps they need help taking care of how to handle vacations, vacation take-ins, vacations accrued, and I'd like to urge them to handle it in a transparent, fair way.”

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson told FOX 8 Wednesday night that the investigation will be independent, but when asked if that meant independent of the Gretna Police Department, he wouldn't clarify. Lawson said the findings of the investigation will be made public once it's complete.

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