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Council members want suit filed against mayor

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago June 10, 2013 Jun 10, 2013 Monday, June 10 2013 June 10, 2013 5:57 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN - Two Port Allen City Council members met with an attorney today in hopes of getting a judge to block Mayor Deedy Slaughter's latest actions.

It comes on the same day that City Attorney Victor Woods' resignation became public.

Woods told News 2 he's stepping down for personal reasons. He's been the Port Allen City Attorney since 1997, and his resignation comes as Port Allen is in the middle of a legal mess.

"Right now we feel like we're being held hostage," Councilman Garry Hubble told News 2.

On Friday, Mayor Slaughter blocked Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain out of all city accounts and removed her signing authority on checks. The mayor also issued herself a direct deposit after the money to pay her salary ran out. Slaughter raised her salary $20,000 without council approval earlier this year.

"As council people it's our bound and duty and we would be remiss in our duty if we didn't take action," Hubble said.

On Friday, the mayor gave a tenuous argument for why she did what she did.

"I have the right with the Lawrason Act and the revised statute," Mayor Deedy Slaughter said, referring to the 1898 statute which allows municipalities in Louisiana to be incorporated without acts of legislature and sets out a certain code for them to follow.

 

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