In July 2017, Parish President Rick Nowlin requested the legislative auditor to investigate the financial operations of Fire District No. 1. This request was based upon an extensive review of the District records by the former board chairman.
The audit report was issued on September 19, 2018, and contained a number of violations of state law by certain board members and family members. The Natchitoches Parish Government requested the Office of the District Attorney to review the legislative auditor’s report and to advise of any legal actions that need to be taken. In the meantime, Nowlin will work with the Parish Council to obtain the removal of any present board members who may have been involved in any of the illegal activities.
Nowlin noted to the Council at the meeting on Oct. 15 that the violations cited in the report date from several years ago and some of the present board members were not involved in them. It is also possible that certain illegal actions were taken without any discussion and approval at a board meeting.
“In my opinion, it would be improper to remove all board members without evidence of their individual wrongdoing,” said Nowlin. “We are continuing to work with the District Attorney to take the appropriate actions.”
READ AUDIT HERE Fire-District-1-Audit-Natchitoches