WBRZ: Edmonson Won't Immediately Respond To Allegations

(WBRZ News 2) Former head of the State Police Mike Edmonson flipped an opportunity to respond to mismanagement of the state's highest police agency, instead, writing in a response to an audit that an investigation needs to occur into how a draft of the inquiry was leaked – not giving him proper time to respond.

Read the legislative auditor's report here

Edmonson is accused of lackadaisical use of state resources related to State Police – from hotel rooms to his state-owned home to how much he ate and where and how he had his uniform cleaned.

State audits are performed frequently and released in a special process allowing for a response from those targeted in the audit. Though, copies of research on how Edmonson managed his operation were mysteriously released to the newspaper in Baton Rouge and published.  

In a less than two-page response to the audit, Edmonson focused on what he believes was “inherent unfairness” and asked for a separate investigation into how the documents got out.

Edmonson said he will respond to the allegations of impropriety later in January.

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