Crime watchdog asks St. John sheriff to yank commissions

Published: Aug. 9, 2016 at 12:58 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A watchdog group has accused St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre of violating state ethic laws.

The Metropolitan Crime Commission says Tregre gave his wife and two children reserve deputy commissions that included badges.

That practice violates state nepotism laws.

Tregre was asked yesterday to take the credentials back.

The full statement from MCC reads:

"The Metropolitan Crime Commission has verified that Sheriff Michael Tregre bestowed St. John Parish Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy status and commissions to his wife, son, and daughter which is prohibited pursuant to provisions of Louisiana's Code of Governmental Ethics including the nepotism statute.

The Metropolitan Crime Commission is calling for Sheriff Michael Tregre to immediately rescind the reserve deputy commissions and badges he issued to his family members."

A list of exhibits MCC says support the request can be seen here.

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