City leaders try to move forward after Port Allen ruling
PORT ALLEN - Both Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the three City Council members who sued her over several actions she's taken since assuming office claimed wins after a judge's decision late last night.
Judge Alvin Batiste ruled the council did not properly reduce the mayor's salary from $84,960 to $65,000 a year, but did issue a preliminary injunction blocking Slaughter from using any taxpayer money to pay for private attorneys without City Council approval.
Batiste also signed an order requiring Slaughter to stop interfering with the Port Allen chief financial officer's work. Slaughter fired CFO Audrey McCain, who was later reinstated after a judge found Slaughter did not have the proper authority to fire her.
The mayor was not at the hearing, despite the judge ordering her to appear. Tonight the council and Slaughter are scheduled to attend a committee meeting ahead of the regular council meeting.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on how the city and its leaders are moving forward after the ruling starting at 4 p.m.