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Lawmaker taking action against Port Allen mayor

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago March 06, 2013 Mar 6, 2013 Wednesday, March 06 2013 March 06, 2013 6:00 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN- State Senator Troy Brown is taking matters into his own hands after being flooded with phone calls about Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

Brown said Slaughter's appointment of her brother-in-law, Ralph Slaughter, as her chief of staff went against common sense, but didn't violate the state nepotism law because they aren't blood relatives.

"Because there doesn't seem to be any closure on their end, we will step in on a state level and amend the current law relative to nepotism," Brown said.

According to Brown, he received more than 20 phone calls from constituents in the community.  He tried to meet with Slaughter, but he claims she ignored his advice. Now, Brown said he is going to make sure the nepotism law gets amended to include in-laws.

"I personally went out and spoke to the Mayor at length to get her to understand how serious it is at this point," Brown said. "The public has spoken in a major way."

All of this follows a News 2 investigation into the mayor last month. She fired her chief financial officer, Audrey McCain, after News 2 turned in a series of public records requests regarding the mayor. The records we obtained show the mayor billed taxpayers $2,400 for a trip to Washington D.C. for the president's inauguration. She claimed she met with Senator Mary Landrieu, but Landrieu's office said there were no official meetings. 

A judge blocked McCain's termination and ultimately reinstated her. The Mayor's actions have outraged the community.

"When she was elected she said she ran on fairness and integrity," Patrick Hobbins said.  "We all realize that's a joke and she doesn't know what she's doing."

"A lot of people were optimistic and motivated with the fact that the current Mayor is a minister," Brown said. "Thinking that in and of itself would take away the negative history and shed a different light, but due to her actions,they feel like it's more of the same."

A committee meeting is being held tonight in Port Allen. The Chief of Staff Position is expected to come up.

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