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Former Port Allen mayor defends request for back-vacation pay

3 years ago September 07, 2011 Sep 7, 2011 Wednesday, September 07 2011 Wednesday, September 07, 2011 10:00:11 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

PORT ALLEN-  The former mayor of a West Baton Rouge city was combative Wednesday night as he talked with council members about paying him unused vacation time.

Derek Lewis resigned as mayor of Port Allen in June, then pleaded guilty to corruption charges in federal court.

He says he's due hundreds of hours of vacation pay that he never took as mayor.  Estimates are as much as $16,000.  Lewis used examples of the lack of documentation of other city officials' time, and past similar decisions occurring without issue, to argue his case.

But the council has been caught up in proof of any previously taken time, and whether Lewis is even entitled to that benefit.

Council will vote on whether to award the pay at next week's meeting.  Lewis says if the vote is no, he will considering suing for the money.

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