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LA Official Caught With Katrina Relief Supplies

From the Associated Press:

Cedric Floyd on right.

Police Find Relief Supplies in City Official’s Home

Sep 21, 2005

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Police found cases of food, clothing and tools intended for hurricane victims at the home of the chief administrative officer for a New Orleans suburb, authorities said Wednesday.

Officers searched Cedric Floyd’s home because of complaints that city workers were helping themselves to donations for hurricane victims. Floyd, who runs the day-to-day operations in the suburb of Kenner, was in charge of distributing the goods.

Police plan to seek a charge of committing an illegal act as a public official against Floyd, and more charges against other city workers are possible, police Capt. Steve Caraway said.

The donations filled a large pickup truck four times. "It was an awful lot of stuff," Caraway said.

The donated materials must be processed as evidence but eventually will be distributed to victims. "We have lots of families that are begging for these supplies," said Attorney General Charles Foti, whose office assisted in the investigation.

Attempts to reach Floyd were unsuccessful at home numbers listed under his name in Kenner. His office number went unanswered after business hours.

Philip Ramon, chief of staff to Kenner Mayor Philip Capitano, has said city officials were investigating the alleged pilfering but added that many employees were themselves hurricane victims.

From the City Of Kenner’s homepage:

Cedric Floyd, Chief Administrative Officer

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) manages the day-to-day operation of City government. The Chief Administrative Officer, under the direction of the Mayor, shall supervise all departments, except the Legal Department, the Fire Department, and the Police Department. The CAO coordinates emergency management procedures, attends and participates in Council and Agenda Meetings, and represents the Mayor as directed.

Chief Administrative Officer Cedric Floyd was appointed to the highest non-elected position in city government on January 5, 2004. CAO Cedric Floyd has been a resident of the city of Kenner for over forty (40) years. He is a graduate of Bonnabel High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Louisiana State University in 1980. CAO Floyd was a member of the Jefferson Parish School Board from January 1991 to December 1998, serving as School Board President in 1996. CAO Floyd was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Center, a national demographics information system company specializing in Redistricting of Election Districts.

To contact the CAO call 468-4090.

It is rather shocking to think that anyone with a history of involvement in redistricting would do anything crooked.

By the way, Attorney General Foti’s office is also investigating the activities of the Veterans For Peace. I wonder if they have talked to Malik Rahim yet?

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