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City attorney to resign during legal storm

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Posted: Jun 10, 2013 12:02 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 10, 2013 12:02 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: city attorney, port allen, mayor, deedy slaughter, resignation, legal, trouble

PORT ALLEN - The city attorney for Port Allen confirmed to News 2 today that he's submitted his resignation after serving the city for 16 years.

Victor J. Woods, Jr. submitted his letter of resignation on May 29. It said he'd previously asked Mayor Deedy Slaughter that he be replaced as city attorney back on Feb. 19.

According to the letter Woods intended to stay until a replacement was chosen, but recently changed his mind and set June 30 as the specific date for his departure. He also asked the mayor to name a replacement at their next council meeting.

Port Allen and its mayor currently face a number of legal issues. Slaughter faces accusations she's continuing to interfere with the work of city Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain, whom she tried to have fired, and raised her mayoral salary by $20,000 without city council approval.

Last Friday Slaughter also locked McCain out of the city's accounts and removed her as a signee from city paychecks. The mayor then issued herself a direct deposit, bypassing the requirement for two people to sign city paychecks.

Council members threatened to file a lawsuit against Slaughter for her actions, and she has private attorneys representing her.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on this latest development in Port Allen tonight at 6 p.m.

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