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Mayor demands extra paycheck despite lack of funds

4 years 2 weeks 6 days ago June 03, 2013 Jun 3, 2013 Monday, June 03 2013 June 03, 2013 5:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN - The Mayor of Port Allen demanded in a memo sent to the city's payroll clerk that she receive another check to make up the difference in her salary after money ran out.

News 2 uncovered that Slaughter raised her salary $20,000 without council approval after she first took office in January. Documents News 2 obtained show at that time Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain warned her salary would run out if the Mayor did not ask the council for a budget amendment.

City employees in Port Allen only received two checks in the month of May. However, documents News 2 obtained show Mayor Deedy Slaughter received three. One totaled $2,386.65, the second $2,209.40, and the third $559.32.

Slaughter issued this memo to the payroll clerk on May 22 after her second check came up shorter than usual. Part of it reads, "This memorandum will serve as your authorization and directive to continue paying the Mayor's salary and car allowance in the same amount that it has been paid previously this year."

However, even after the check was issued there were problems. In Port Allen two signatures have to be on city issued checks, and only the chief financial officer, mayor and mayor pro tem are authorized to sign checks.

When News 2 checked with Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence about whether she would sign the Mayor's third check, she said "Never." CFO Audrey McCain also indicated she would not sign it.

In a letter to the entire council and the mayor two days before the mayor's second check came up short, McCain wrote the following:

"There is no money available to pay the Mayor's salary in the current budget. Paying any other amount than what is contained in the Executive Salary account would be committing malfeasance."

Calls to Mayor Deedy Slaughter were not returned.

This Friday is payday again in Port Allen. Documents News 2 obtained show the Mayor's check will only be $65.00.

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