Tangipahoa Council Member: Marshal's Salary Insane

AMITE, LA (AP) — A Tangipahoa Parish councilman says the 7th Ward Court marshal's annual income could reach $200,000 this year and that's an "insane" amount.

         The Advocate’s Vic Couvillion reports Nicky Muscarello asked the Parish Council on Monday to reduce the parish government's share of the marshal's salary to "the minimum allowed by Louisiana law."

         The council tabled the matter.

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         Parish Finance Director Jeff McKneely said the parish has been paying Marshal Gordon Anderson $1,215 a month since 1986. The city of Hammond pays the remainder of the marshal's salary, which Muscarello says is $61,000 a year. Muscarello said the marshal is allowed to retain a percentage of the fees and fines awarded by the court use at his own discretion.

         Muscarello says Anderson in 2013 earned about $180,000.

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