Posted: Sep 20, 2013 6:58 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Sep 20, 2013 7:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Deedy Slaughter used her veto power to strike down a ordinance passed by the city council last month that could affect some of the higher-paid city employees, and the Mayor's own $20,000 pay raise.
At the center of the ongoing fight between Slaughter and some members of the city council is clarification of what's defined a "department head" in Port Allen government.
"You've come to learn in Port Allen you never know what the next day will bring," City Councilman Garry Hubble told News 2 on Friday.
The ordinance Slaughter vetoed detailed how much salaries for department heads would be. Included in that ordinance was a raise for the mayor's position, bringing it up to nearly $85,000 a year.
"We did what we were told by the judge to set her salary in a separate ordinance," Hubble said. "That's what we did."
Slaughter gave no reasons for why she vetoed the ordinance, other than reciting two state statutes on the document. Several attempts were made to reach Slaughter to get an explanation as to why she signed the vetoes, but she didn't respond.
Slaughter also struck down a resolution from the council recommending the hire of a city attorney. Legal representation has been missing at council meetings since June.
"There's a lot of things going unanswered, and without legal representation it's not a good situation," Hubble said.
The only way to override the mayor's veto is if four out of five city council members vote in favor of it.