New Orleans mayor, court clerk clash over money
NEW ORLEANS - The clerk of criminal court in New Orleans says he's not getting enough money to run his office from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.
Arthur Morrell said in a statement late Tuesday that he shut down one court section because a deputy clerk took medical leave and he has no backup deputy clerks. However, a Morrell spokesman issued a clarification Wednesday, in which Morrell acknowledged he does not have authority to shut down a court section because he is not a judge.
Landrieu said Wednesday that all departments of city government are facing tight budgets and Morrell has to live within his budget. Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin said Morrell has overspent his budget for three years.
Morrell was to address a City Council committee on the issue Wednesday afternoon.