Times Report: Companies Tied To City Board Members Paid Millions
A new report out today from Sara MacNeil at the Shreveport Times says five companies, with direct ties to City Boards, have received millions of dollars in city contracts. The revelations came from internal audits.
According to the report, there is no law preventing a board member from being paid city funds, but the funds must be disclosed. The disclosure from 2018 shows that 5 members of City Boards, or their businesses, received city funds.
Not all of the appointed board members doing business with the city have been appointed by recent mayoral administrations. Some of the appointments date back nearly 20 years.
According to The Times, these are the 5 board members who have business with the city:
"James Hagan, President of Balar Associates Inc., currently sits on the Shreveport Industrial Development Board and has been a board member for nearly six years. Balar Associates Inc. was paid more than $5.8 million in a master service agreement signed in 2015.
Reginald Abrams, a partner of Abrams & Lafargue, LLC, has been on the Employment and Procurement Committee for Sam's Town. The city has paid Abrams & Lafargue a total of $368,397 at a rate of $125 per hour for legal services.
Troy Williams, President of F. Troy Williams Company, Inc., was on the Shreveport Redevelopment and Implementation Authority. The F. Troy Williams Company was awarded a contract of more than $88,600 to complete various projects through community development. The company provided construction and rehabilitation of multiple properties for a community development program.
Joseph Curtis, a partner with Winchell & Joseph, LLC, was on the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Winchell & Joseph was paid $44,763 at a rate of $125 per hour for legal services.
Logan Schroeder, a shareholder of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC, was on the Downtown Development Authority. Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway provided legal services to the city as part of a contract of more than $32,900."
The internal audit that this data comes from only reflects 2018.