Slaughter served with court papers, state investigation complete
PORT ALLEN - News 2 was the only station outside Port Allen City Hall when Chief of Staff Ralph Slaughter was served with court papers this morning.
We've learned Southern University wants $200,000 plus interest from Slaughter, the former Southern System Board President. News 2 was at city hall today because we also learned the State Legislative Auditor's Office completed its investigation into his sister-in-law, Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
The Legislative Auditor said employees met with both Slaughters and Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence, which is standard procedure when the state wraps up an investigation. The mayor will have ten days to issue a response to the report, which should be released in a few weeks.
Inside, the Mayor gave her standard answer when we started asking questions.
"I have no comment," Deedy Slaughter said. "No comments."
Ralph Slaughter, who serves as her chief of staff, had plenty to say moments before he was served with those court documents.
"Nobody wants to talk to you. If I was the mayor, I wouldn't talk to you," he said. "You here, someone had to call you real quick to get here. I hope you got what you were looking for."
Our investigations this year into Mayor Deedy Slaughter revealed she billed taxpayers $2,400 for a trip to Washington D.C., even though there was no business conducted. Slaughter claims she met with Senator Mary Landrieu, but Landrieu denied that.
"All we did was have a party," Landrieu said.
Despite our investigation and what the senator said, Slaughter maintains they did meet with the Senator.
"We maintain that, I was there sir," Ralph Slaughter said.
Our investigations have also revealed the mayor gave herself a $20,000 pay raise when she took office without approval from the city council.
Meanwhile, a contempt hearing for the mayor was pushed back to July 31. She fired city Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain this year after News 2 received public records requests involving Slaughter's Washington trip. A judge reinstated the CFO and ordered Mayor Slaughter not to interfere with her work, an order McCain's attorneys claim she repeatedly violated.
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