The New Orleans Ethics and Review Board on Wednesday dismissed a complaint against Acting Inspector General Ed Michel, who allegedly called on the new employer of a former member of Michel’s staff to criticize his office on Twitter.
Chairman of the board, Elizabeth Livingston of Calderon, said she was “uncomfortable with the actions alleged in the complaint,” but added that they did not violate the code of ethics. city. No other board member commented. Board member Torin Sanders voted against the motion to reject.
The New Orleans government’s main watchdog is potentially in hot water after a series of tweets mocking his office prompted him to call the c…
Jeremy Walton filed the complaint after learning that Michel had called the human resources department of his current employer, the LSU Health Sciences Center, to complain about his tweets. Walton, whose Twitter account had three followers, posted five critical comments on the official Office of Inspector General account in August and September.
Michel called the human resources department on Oct. 1, according to emails exchanged between human resources representatives and attached to Walton’s complaint. Identifying himself as the Inspector General of New Orleans, Michel told a staff member that the LSU would not want to “emulate” Walton’s criticisms, according to a human resources staff member’s summary .
The staff member determined that Walton had not broken any policies, and Walton said in an interview that Michel’s call had no repercussions for him.