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State could get involved investigating Port Allen Mayor

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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 3:46 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Feb 18, 2013 7:04 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: State Legislative Auditor, Port Allen, Deedy Slaughter, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

PORT ALLEN - Sources tell News 2 the State Legislative Auditor's Office is aware of what's going on inside Mayor Deedy Slaughter's office in Port Allen.

Last week Slaughter fired the city's chief financial officer, Audrey McCain, after News 2 received financial documents regarding the Mayor. Those documents showed Slaughter increased her pay by $20,000 even though the council voted the year before to reduce the Mayor's salary. It also shows, she billed tax payers $2,400 for her trip to the president's inauguration last month.

Slaughter claims she met with Senator Mary Landrieu, but Landrieu's office had no record of any official meetings with Slaughter.

The State Legislative Auditor does not comment on complaints it receives. However, a spokesperson for the office did say if a complaint is vetted, it would send a team of workers into the Port Allen Mayor's office to investigate.

Through our investigation, News 2 also learned that Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence also attended the President's Inauguration but chose not to bill taxpayers for it. When asked if she thought it was fair that Slaughter went to the inauguration on the taxpayers' dime, she said "No comment."

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday to discuss Audrey McCain's job status.

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