(Court composed of Judge Terri F. Love, Judge Daniel L. Dysart, Judge Sandra Cabrina Jenkins)
Richard E. Baudouin, KREBS FARLEY, PLLC, 400 Poydras Street, Suite 2500, New Orleans, LA 70130, COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLANT Elizabeth Robins, DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY, 1300 Perdido Street, Suite 5E03, New Orleans, LA 70112, Corwin M. St. Raymond, ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 5E03, New Orleans, LA 70112, William R. H. Goforth, ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY, 1300 Perdidio Street, Room 5E03, New Orleans, LA 70112, Donesia D. Turner, SENIOR CHIEF DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 5E03, New Orleans, LA 70112, Sunni J. LeBeouf, CITY ATTORNEY, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 5E03, New Orleans, LA 70112, COUNSEL FOR APPELLANT/CITY OF NEW ORLEANS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Christina L. Carroll, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS CIVIL SERVICES COMMISSION, 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70112, COUNSEL FOR APPELLEE/DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL SERVICE
This matter involves two consolidated appeals (one by the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the other by Enrico Sterling) concerning an October 4, 2019 minute entry by the Civil Service Commission of the City of New Orleans, which reflected the Commission's intent to implement the ruling of this Court, following this Court's reversal of the Commission's judgment in Edmonds v. Dept. of Pub. Works, 2018-0203 (La.App. 4 Cir. 12/5/18), 260 So.3d 784.
On February 25, 2019, the Commission, acting upon Zepporiah Edmonds’ motion to enforce, ordered the DPW to reinstate Ms. Edmonds to the position of Parking Administrator. On March 20, 2019, the Commission ordered the layoff of Mr. Sterling, who had occupied the position of Parking Administrator (this is because only one position for Parking Administrator existed) while Ms. Edmonds appealed her demotion.
On September 23, 2019, Mr. Sterling requested to address the Commission and also requested that the Commission investigate whether a violation of Civil Service Rule XII had occurred. Following the meeting, the Commission recorded the matter by a minute entry dated October 4, 2019, which noted that Mr. Sterling had no right of appeal; the Commission also agreed to hear Mr. Sterling's procedural objection to his layoff.
Both Mr. Sterling and the DPW sought to appeal the Commission's October 4, 2019 minute entry. The Commission granted the DPW's motion to appeal the October 4, 2019 minute entry on November 20, 2019. Likewise, on March 2, 2020, the Commission granted Mr. Sterling's motion to appeal the October 4, 2019 minute entry.
This Court, however, lacks jurisdiction over this matter because the October 4, 2019 minute entry was not a final judgment, nor was it an exercise of the Commission's quasi-judicial power, but an exercise of the Commission's quasi-executive and quasi-legislative powers. Consideration of this procedural issue was pursuant to La. Const. art, X § 10(B). Furthermore, the DPW was not a party to the October 4, 2019 minute entry. Also, the DPW has no constitutional rights. As such, it has no right of appeal separate from the appeal rights granted by a statute or rule. See Hellmers v. Dept. of Fire, 2019-0420, p. 10 (La.App. 4 Cir. 10/30/19), ––– So.3d ––––. Accordingly, it is proper and right that both Mr. Sterling's and the DPW's appeals in this matter are dismissed.
Judge Daniel L. Dysart
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