Trial involving Port Allen mayor pushed back
PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom.
Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to Oct. 17 and 18, saying he hoped all sides could reach an agreement which wouldn't require him to act as the city's manager and settle disputes.
Batiste previously ordered Slaughter not to interfere with McCain's job after the mayor tried to fire her. McCain's attorneys claim Slaughter didn't heed that order.
Slaughter tried to fire McCain after the financial officer released public documents to News 2 investigators detailing the mayor's attempt to get taxpayers to reimburse a trip Slaughter took to Washington D.C. Slaughter claimed to be there on city business, but that was never verified by the people she said she was meeting.
The West Baton Rouge Parish registrar of voters said Monday a recall petition against the mayor collected enough valid signatures to be certified. The registrar turned it over to the governor, who sought an attorney general's opinion on the validity of the signatures and has 15 days to call for an election.