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§728.  Parish homeland security and emergency preparedness agency

A.  Each parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness thus created shall have a director who shall be appointed by the parish president of the parish establishing such organization and each director shall be commissioned by the director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  The parish director thus appointed and commissioned shall serve at the pleasure of the parish president.

B.  Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent the parish president from serving as the director.

C.  The director of the parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration, and operation of such local organization for homeland security and emergency preparedness subject to the direction and control of the parish president under the general direction and control of the governor and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

D.  The director of the parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness shall take and subscribe to the following oath:

"I _____________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Louisiana, and the territory, institutions, and facilities thereof, both public and private, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties on which I am about to enter and I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any political party or organization that advocates, the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this state by force or violence; and that during such time as I am a member of the ___________________________ (parish) office of  homeland security and emergency preparedness, I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this state by force or violence."

E.  The director may appoint an assistant director to administer the provisions of this Chapter.  The assistant director shall have and may exercise such powers and duties of the director related thereto as the director shall delegate to him.

F.  The parish president may authorize the director to employ such professional, technical, clerical, stenographic, and other personnel and he shall fix their compensation and may make expenditures from available funds appropriated or authorized by the state for purposes of  homeland security and emergency preparedness as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Chapter.  The director and the assistant director, if an assistant director is appointed, shall be provided with necessary and appropriate office space, furniture, equipment, supplies, stationery, and printing.  The necessary mileage, office expenses, salaries of personnel, postage, telephone, and expressage shall be chargeable to any funds available for homeland security and emergency preparedness.

Acts 1993, No. 800, §1, eff. June 22, 1993; Acts 2003, No. 40, §2, eff. May 23, 2003; Acts 2006, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 35, §1, eff. March 1, 2006; Acts 2006, No. 442, §3, eff. June 15, 2006.



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