Clerk: No appeal filed for mayor's recall
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's office said Monday that Deedy Slaughter did not contest the results of the recent recall election, which means she is no longer Port Allen's mayor.
This comes just over a week after voters went to the polls in the first successful recall in West Baton Rouge Parish history. By law, Slaughter had until 4:30 p.m. to file an appeal for the recall, which the clerk's office said she did not do.
It ends a tumultuous year for Port Allen politics. After News 2's Investigative Unit first brought to light documents showing Slaughter had taxpayers cover her trip to the president's inauguration in Washington D. C. where no city business was conducted, Slaughter fired Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain, who turned over those public documents. McCain's firing was overturned, and the matter continued to play out in the courts where McCain's attorneys claimed Slaughter continued to interfere with her job.
Slaughter also raised eyebrows when she raised her salary without city council approval, and made changes so only she could sign off on city paychecks. Members of the city council also repeatedly squared off with Slaughter over Port Allen's budget; when Slaughter left office, the city still didn't have a budget passed to cover the next year's expenses.
As for what's next, there's a lot of uncertainty that remains.
"We are in unchartered waters," Chief Administrative Officer Adrian Genre said.
Now, city leaders are in the process of trying to dismantle some of the policies Slaughter put in place.
"We'll need to do a lot of fixing," Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain said. "There will be a lot of logistical work that needs to be done to correct the things during this uncertainty that has made it very difficult for us."
Slaughter's attempt at a special meeting last week to introduce a budget was not taken up.
Now, City Councilmembers have the tough task of trying to get a budget passed quickly.
"Hopefully we will have a meeting soon to address replacing the Mayor and from there get a budget," Councilman Brandon Brown said.
"The first order of business is to appoint an interim Mayor at which time we can get the budget process moving," Councilman Hugh Riviere said.
City council members said their first priority once Slaughter left office was to pass a budget. They also have 20 days to name an interim mayor.
News 2 has learned the Mayor gave her keys to Mayor Pro-tem Ray Helen Lawrence. Those keys have not been returned to City Hall yet. News 2 has also learned the locks will be changed at City Hall.
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