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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

Caddo Commissioners Steven Jackson And Matthew Linn Duck Legal Responsibilities

Maybe they drink the same Kool-Aid.

Maybe it's those spiffy Caddo Commission buttons they wear on their coat lapels.

Whatever it is, the bromance between Jackson and Linn has really blossomed since Jackson declared for mayor. And it has one disturbing commonality—Jackson and Linn ignore their legal responsibilities as private citizens. 

For several months last year and until May of this year, Jackson drove a white 2010 Chevrolet Impala that had an expired Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) of August 2016. Finally, Jackson had the car inspected, and as a necessary part of the process obtained (at least for that day) car liability insurance.

Jackson was ticketed twice in 2017 for having switched plates, no car insurance, and for failure to register the same car - an old Shreveport police cruiser.

Sources say that Jackson did not have the minimum liability insurance on his vehicle. If correct, the Commission and/or his employer David Raines Community Center could have been held liable for any accident he was involved in if he was conducting Commission or David Raines business while driving this car. 

In September 2017 Linn backed his personal vehicle into a column on the exterior of Government Plaza causing significant damage. Linn had previously run into and broken the wooden gate to the parking lot on the west side of Government Plaza where the column is located.

 Linn advised parish officials that he would pay personally for the damage. He requested that no claim be filed against his auto insurance.

The marble on the column was finally repaired in late May of this year.

On July 2 Parish Administrator Dr. Woodrow Wilson presented a $4100 invoice for the repair to Linn with a transmittal letter requesting reimbursement to the Parish. Wilson also provided to Linn a Caddo Sheriff Activity Report documenting the damage by Linn, which was also recorded on camera.

As of August 8, Linn had not reimbursed the Parish for the column damage.

Since he is a Commissioner, and in effect one of the twelve “bosses” of Wilson, Linn’s actions are troubling, to say the least. Seemingly Linn is using his status as a commissioner to avoid reimbursement for this damage.

Linn is a big, big cheerleader of Jackson - constantly sending out emails and texts touting him. Word on the street is that Linn hopes to get a spot in the mayor’s office if Jackson wins. Linn attended the mayoral forum Monday at Southwood High School wearing a Jackson tee shirt. 

Hopefully, Jackson and Linn do not think being an elected official gives them the right to ignore their legal responsibilities. But as they say, “actions speak louder than words”.

Neither Jackson nor Linn can deny these facts. And because they are paid elected officials, they should not carp about this report. They elected to run for this office and public review of their actions/inactions goes along with the monthly paycheck. (Caddo Commissioners are the highest paid part-time elected officials in the state).

(This article was published in The Inquisitor on Friday, August 10, 2018.)

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