The sheriff dismissed the mayor's statement Thursday morning as "a last-ditch attempt to deflect attention away from a problem he knew was coming for many years." Gusman said the city has failed to adequately fund the jail for years.
"The time has come for the Mayor to end his campaign to deflect the public's attention away from the city's legal responsibility to properly fund the Sheriff's office," Gusman told reporters at the construction site of the new parish jail. "Our day of reckoning has arrived for the Sheriff's Office as it has for the police department. The Sheriff's Office is moving ahead to improve, and the city must do the same in its relation to us."
Gusman's comments were in response to a hastily-called emergency City Council meeting in which Landrieu outlined dire consequences if the city is forced to pay for mandatory reforms at both the NOPD and the OPP. Landrieu said the burden of finding more than $18 million to pay for the OPP reforms falls on the Sheriff.
In his statement, the Sheriff strongly disagreed.
"I'm insulted by the Mayor's lack of leadership. His distortion of the facts, scare tactics, instead of attempting to resolve this issue he as ignored all this time. "
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