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City council files for injunction against mayor

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago June 25, 2013 Jun 25, 2013 Tuesday, June 25 2013 June 25, 2013 2:07 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN - Three Port Allen City Council members filed an injunction Tuesday afternoon in the 18th Judicial District Court to stop Mayor Deedy Slaughter from doing a host of different things that have been the focus of numerous News 2 investigations since February.

The injunction filed by council members Hugh Riviere, R.J. Loupe and Garry Hubble seeks relief and restoration of funds into Port Allen City bank accounts.

The 15 page lawsuit goes into great detail over the following issues surrounding the Mayor: unlawful receipt of excessive Mayor's salary, unlawful receipt of excessive car allowance, unlawful receipt of funds for travel and entertainment expenses, unlawful payment of funds for her lawyers' fees, the direct deposit payments of the Mayor, stripping the CFO of online banking access and check writing authority, refusal to open accounts for sinking funds, directing payment to herself of non-budgeted funds, and infringement upon the duties and functions of the council and the CFO.

The lawsuit said, "the situation is particularly egregious since the defendant has been authorizing direct deposits to herself with no money remaining in the executive salary line item of the budget."

"All of those maneuvers and actions are !00% wrong and it's kind of like you can't write a check if you don't have money in the bank," Councilman Garry Hubble said.

The lawsuit asks that a judge rule on all of the above issues. The council members also asked for a judge to make the mayor return any funds that weren't legitimately earned or paid out to her.

The lawsuit states, "the defendant has effectively eliminated any oversight or controls over the fiscal matters of the City of Port Allen."

On Monday the State Legislative Auditor released a scathing audit showing the Mayor may have broken state laws. 

Hubble said that he's going to continue fighting to stand up for his constituents.

"We looked at the overall situation, and somebody had to step up to the plate," Hubble said.  "We did just that."

The Mayor did not return out calls today.

To read a copy of the petition, click here.

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