Council talks about Deedy Slaughter
BATON ROUGE - Almost a year since voters elected a new mayor and moved on from its former, controversial leader, city leaders once again passionately discussed their angst with Deedy Slaughter's business practices.
Slaughter was recalled in late 2013 by voters following a series of WBRZ Investigative Unit reports dealing with how she operated city government. She lost an attempt to regain her position as mayor in April 2014.
Wednesday, the council talked about legal bills for Slaughters' lawyers she needed while she was mayor and facing legal battles. Already, the city has paid about $15,000 and there are around $50,000 in unpaid bills. But, invoices are missing and the council publicly discussed their concern about the situation.
"Something illegal is going on here, and it must be looked at," Councilman R.J. Loupe said.
"I do not know where those invoices are. I know they were there, I didn't remove them and I didn't authorize anybody to remove them," the city's CFO, Audrey McCain said at the meeting.
Council members said they would not approve paying more legal bills and want to work toward moving forward.
"We can come back from the gates of hell, rise up and be the great city that we should be," Councilman Garry Hubble said.
Richard Lee was elected last April as mayor.
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