It was just after six p.m. when Calcasieu Police jurors agreed to go into closed door executive session to discuss issues that are the exception to the open meetings requirement: personnel and a legal matter:-- the contract and salary they will propose to Bryan Beam. He's the assistant administrator who they've chosen to succeed Mark McMurry who retires in April.
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - But for this meeting they were missing three jurors-- after a session lasting nearly an hour and a half the jurors emerged just before 7:30 p.m. having agreed unanimously on the terms of the contract.
But instead of approving it they decided to meet again next Tuesday for the benefit of the jurors who were absent according to their attorney Allen Smith explains who served as moderator of the executive session. "The police jury was missing three of its members, some due to illness, one had surgery. And so they had a meeting tonight in which they were unanimous in arriving at contract terms that they want to offer to Mr. Beam. As a courtesy to the three missing members however they have rescheduled another meeting for next Tuesday the 23rd where they will present the unanimous conclusions reached tonight to their three fellow members."
Smith says assuming the agreement is approved next Tuesday, then jurors will call in Beam to go over it with him. " Presuming that it remains unanimous they will then call Mr. Beam in and discuss their offer to him in hopes of having a negotiated contract."
At an earlier meeting jurors chose Beam as McMurry's successor. He was one of three who applied for the position.