JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - An employee in Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni's administration is accused of not cooperating with a parish Office of Inspector General's investigation, but the administration argues the OIG is encouraging employees to deceive supervisors.
Wednesday, a 24th Judicial Court judge issued a subpoena for public information officer Antwan Harris ordering him to speak with inspector general investigators.
Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock said his office made several attempts to talk with Harris about an open investigation but could not secure an interview.
On June 2nd, Harris was given a "Notice of Interview" to speak with investigators on June 7th, but Harris did not show up for the meeting, according to the subpoena.
McClintock cited a parish ordinance that requires all parish employees to cooperate with the OIG.
Fox 8 has confirmed the subpoena is involved in an open investigation. However, McClintock would not say what the investigation is about.
McClintock also did not disclose if Harris is the only parish employees to have gotten a Notice for Interview.
The IG said his office issues Notice of Interviews regularly and he got the court involved after he felt all other options to secure the interview with Harris had been exhausted.
Harris is the only employee to get a subpoena. He is required to appear on June 14th, at 10 a.m. at the IG's office.
Parish President Yenni's administration did confirm multiple employees have been issued Notice of Interviews from McClintock's office.
Friday, Yenni's office defended Harris and other employees in a statement.
McClintock said this is the first time his office asked for a subpoena to secure an interview.