Deric Murphy was disciplined by Louisiana Professional Engineering & Land Surveying Board which cited nine violations of its Code of Conduct. He was disciplined for “fraud, deceit, material misstatement or perjury, or the giving of any false or forged evidence” when renewing his license. And that was only the first of nine counts where Deric Murphy violated the code.
Along with his company, Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC, Murphy has achieved a virtual engineering monopoly of Ascension Parish’s bustling subdivision development market over the past year. Odds are, if a new subdivision plat appeared on Planning Commission agenda, it was represented by Deric Murphy and Quality Engineering. Both are cited for numerous violations in the May 2016 issue of Louisiana Engineer and Surveyor Journal:
See pages 5-6: http://www.lapels.com/Journal/1902_052016.pdf
Murphy committed “gross negligence, gross incompetence and gross misconduct in the practice of engineering.”
Quality is the go to engineering firm for developers seeking to build another, and another, subdivision in Ascension. Deric Murphy’s influence with the current parish president’s administration is undeniable. Murphy and his companies are among Parish President Kenny Matassa’s top campaign contributors, he was named to Matassa’s Transition Team in late 2015, but his influence predates Matassa.
Throughout 2015 Quality-engineered subdivisions were the rule, as opposed to the exception, on Planning Commission agendas. Ken Dawson, Chief Administrative Officer to Kenny Matassa as well as his predecessor, routinely pressured Ascension’s Planning Department staff to sign off on questionable drainage and/or traffic impact studies required to ensure quality development in the parish.
“In 2013, Mr. Murphy sealed, signed and issued a set of engineering design plans for a church in Louisiana which were submitted to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal for review and which included a number of material deficiencies. The plans were prepared by an unlicensed person who was not employed by Mr. Murphy,” states the LAPELS citation.
Relying on Louisiana Revised Statute 37:698 the Board cited Murphy for “approving and sealing design documents which are not safe for public health, property and welfare, which are not complete and accurate, which are not in conformity with accepted engineering standards or practice, and/or which do not conform to applicable laws and ordinances.”
Murphy also performed “services outside his area of competence and when not qualified by education or experience in the specific technical fields or engineering.” He signed and affixed his professional seal on documents “dealing with subject matters in which he lacks competence.”
Quality Engineering’s seven citations stemmed from the above described actions of Deric Murphy.
Murphy confessed to nine violations in a Consent Order and “agreed to pay a fine of $3,500” (a mere pittance compared to the cash generated in 12 Quality-engineered subdivisions) and those are since the beginning of 2015. He also agreed “to pay administrative costs of $1,240.75; to successfully complete the Board’s online Louisiana Laws and Rules Quiz; to successfully complete the Board’s online Louisiana Professionalism and Ethics Quiz; to immediately cease and desist committing violations…”
Quality Engineering’s fine is $2,500.