KTBS has run a couple of stories (one of which we commented on) about School Board attorney Patrick Jackson. The questions about Jackson are his relationships with Air Repair and Cochran Construction. Air Repair and its owners, of course, were among those indicted for fraud a couple of weeks ago.
Cochran Construction has been sued by the school board over roofing problems at Haughton Middle School.
Jackson was present during a closed-door meeting last March where school system administrators gave Air Repair a $1 million, no-bid contract to do mold remediation and repairs at the Haughton school.
Jackson said he didn't recommend hiring Air Repair but acknowledged it looks bad because he was present while one of his clients -- the School Board -- was deciding whether to hire another client -- Air Repair -- to fix something built by another client -- Cochran Construction.
Jackson said nothing improper was done.
"Sometimes when grenades go off, innocent people get shrapnel," he said. "And I think that's what's happened here."
It appears that this goes beyond Jackson’s representation of Cochran and Air Repair. Jackson is also a partner with Carl Cochran in CC&J Development Co LLC.
From the Louisiana Secretary of State Corporation Database:
Charter/Organization ID: 36525715K
Name: CC&J DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.L.C.
Type Entity: Limited Liability Company
Annual Report Status: In Good Standing Last Report Filed on 07/16/2008
Mailing Address: C/O PATRICK R. JACKSON, 1463 AIRLINE DRIVE, BOSSIER CITY, LA 71112
Domicile Address: 1463 AIRLINE DRIVE, BOSSIER CITY, LA 71112
File Date: 08/23/2007
Registered Agent (Appointed 8/23/2007): PATRICK R. JACKSON, 1463 AIRLINE DRIVE, BOSSIER CITY, LA 71112
Manager: CARL S. COCHRAN, 405 EAST TEXAS STREET, BOSSIER CITY, LA 71111
Manager: CHRISTOPHER C. COSSE, 338 JANIE LANE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71106
Manager: PATRICK R. JACKSON, APLC, 1463 AIRLINE DRIVE, BOSSIER CITY, LA 71112
How could the School Board allow someone who was so conflicted to represent them in matters regarding construction?
There are still a lot more questions than answers, and the School Board needs to come clean now.