St. Tammany Hospital Says It Hired District Attorney Reed

Jul 28, 2014

There’s more controversy surrounding the work duties of St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed.

Hospital board records contradict Reed's statements that he had a personal contract with St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

The board's records show it authorized a $30,000-a-year retainer as an agreement with the public office, not Reed himself.

Reed's spokesman, Morgan Stewart, says the documents may be incomplete.

He says former board chairman Paul Cordes asked Reed in the mid-1990s to personally represent the board. Cordes died in 2005.

Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche says the hospital documents show the agreement was with the office.

He also says it's unlikely that the chairman would have gone against the board's wishes, but it is likely that Reed would have been present when the resolutions were discussed.