News 2 Investigates: Port Allen mayor faces tough questions
PORT ALLEN - The chief financial officer for Port Allen was reinstated today by a state district judge, who ruled the city's mayor didn't have the authority to fire her last week.
Audrey McCain was fired by Mayor Deedy Slaughter after News 2 received public records requests involving finances inside the mayor's office. Slaughter argued McCain shouldn't be considered a department head, and so she could fire her.
Judge Alvin Batiste disagreed in today's ruling, and ordered that McCain be provided with a computer and keys to her old office.
"I like my job and really enjoy working with people in this building," McCain said.
Mayor Deedy Slaughter said she's planning on appealing the decision.
"The option as to seeing if I could take this a little further," Slaughter said.
Meanwhile, our investigation into Slaughter's spending continued. Today she answered questions about her trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the President's inauguration. It's a trip she billed taxpayers for, to the tune of $2,431.72.
"I went and met with Senator Landrieu and other members of the congressional delegation trying to bring money to the city. Now, I understand there may have been some calls up there, but this was a private meeting," Slaughter said.
News 2 also asked her to list the members of the state's congressional delegation she met with.
"Pat Smith met with me," Slaughter said. "Being new to this, I don't know most of them but I remember talking to Pat Smith."
Pat Smith is a member of the state House of Representatives and lives and works in the Baton Rouge area. Senator Mary Landrieu's office has also repeatedly told News 2 they have no record of Slaughter having an official meeting with the Senator.
Slaughter then blamed her McCain for approving the expense report, even though Slaughter's signature appears on the "Approval" line.
"The CFO approved it," Slaughter said. "Let me tell you how process work. When there's accounts payable she gets documentation, she got it she put her initial on the document."
Even though there's still a lot of tension in the office, Slaughter said she thinks she'll be able to work with the woman she wanted out of the office.
"The climate is going to be fine because like I say, I always held that perspective of being fair, honest, integrity and I can work with anybody," Slaughter said.