For months we’ve heard that Quality Engineering’s Jared “Burger” Beiriger and Deric Murphy roam the halls of Ascension Parish government “like they own the joint.” Oblivious to public perception, the boys from Quality enjoy unrestrained access to the halls of power, not to mention the antechamber of Parish Council and Planning Commission prior to those bodies meeting.
“Quality runs Ascension Parish.”
It is an open secret; Quality Engineering gets what Burger and Murphy want. Quality’s noxious specter pervades Ascension’s Planning Department, it oozes under closed doors, and pools in the dark corners of parish government where Quality really conducts its business.
By the time its subdivision preliminary and final plats come before the public on Ascension 21’s Planning Commission telecasts, the die has already been cast, and the deals already done.
On the close calls, like March 9 when Quality represented yet another subdivision (Riverton) without sufficient traffic and drainage impact studies, Parish President Kenny Matassa even shows up to ensure no one from the Planning Department gets out of line. Word has it that Ascension’s affable CAO, Ken Dawson, (seen above with the ear to ear grin) is the administration’s enforcer on those occasions when a Quality project requires an extra nudge through the department.
Burger and Murphy treated Ascension’s Government Complex staff to lunch on Wednesday. Pelican Post took little note of it when first alerted by a mid-morning text message. Then came a second text…and a third. We received an email too.
Employees at the Governmental Complex, and former employees, seemed disturbed at the prospect of Quality Engineering’s beneficence. Still, was it really that big a deal?
The fear of crossing Quality Engineering among certain parish employees is real, it is palpable. The resentment toward Quality Engineering, “Burger” Beiriger, and Deric Murphy among employees and former employees is visceral.
President Kenny Matassa and high-placed members of his administration condone, if not promote, intimidation of parish employees for the benefit of Quality Engineering according to those same employees and former employees.
“What’s the occasion?” Pelican Post asked the boys from Quality Engineering.
“Cooking for employees,” responded the recalcitrant and camera-shy Burger Beiriger tersely.
“Whose employees?” Pelican Post persisted. “Yours?”
“Yes, ours. Ascension Parish’s,” the more cooperative Deric Murphy volunteered a response fraught with innuendo before gathering himself and bolting for the Governmental Complex’s rear entrance.
We think the Port Vincent engineer merely jested.