Port Allen Mayor blocks CFO out of all city bank accounts
PORT ALLEN- The unfolding drama in the City of Port Allen took another dramatic turn Friday when embattled Mayor Deedy Slaughter locked Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain out of all city accounts, removed her as a signer on city checks and issued herself a paycheck after money in the city's accounts to pay her salary ran out.
If those latest developments weren't enough, today two residents fed up with her filed a recall petition with the State. It's the first step at trying to get her out of office. To successfully hold a recall election, 33% of all registered voters in the City of Port Allen would have to sign the petition.
When we asked Slaughter about why she locked the CFO out of the accounts, and why she paid herself despite the accounts running out she said, "I'm doing my job. I'm only doing my job," Slaughter said.
This week, we showed you the Mayor's salary ran out. She tried to issue herself a third pay check but that didn't work because it requires two signatures. Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence, the Mayor and CFO McCain are the only three people who could sign checks at the time the paper check was issued. Today, she issued herself a direct deposit, which requires no signatures. She was able to do this by removing McCain's access to the city's accounts.
Numerous News 2 investigations into the Port Allen Mayor show she raised her salary $20,000 without council approval, took a taxpayer funded trip to Washington D.C. without any official city business, and fired her Chief Financial Officer. The firing of CFO Audrey McCain came after News 2 received financial documents surrounding her salary and trips earlier this year. A judge reinstated her, and ordered the Mayor not to meddle in her work.
However, today's developments clearly show McCain can't effectively do her job without having access to the City's bank accounts.
"Now a days, nothing seems to surprise me," Attorney Cy D'Aquila said.
D'Aquila is representing McCain in this ongoing legal drama.
"Clearly, laws are established to have checks and balances in place, so there is no mismanagement of any type of fund dealing with the city," D'Aquila said.
As for Slaughter, she brought God into the middle of her legal drama, citing scriptures before she pulled away from City Hall.
"The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. I lie in green pastures," Slaughter said.
Council members News 2 spoke to are furious over these latest actions. They may also file a lawsuit to block the Mayor's actions.