Metro Council votes to fire parish attorney
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted to remove Mary Roper as their parish attorney after a contentious hearing Wednesday afternoon.
The vote was 8-3 to fire Roper. Council memebers Tara Wicker, Ronnie Edwards and Chauna Banks-Daniel voted against removing Roper. Joel Boe was absent.
Several Council members called for Roper's dismissal earlier this year because they said she improperly shared information about a parish computer program with her husband. They claimed the proprietary information in the program should not have been shared with him, because he could have profited off the parish-developed program.
Tuesday night Roper's legal team told the News 2 Investigative Unit that she broke no parish policies when she shared the information with her husband, a computer programmer who worked with the parish. They said Roper only sent him information so he could help her finish electronically filing a copyright application for the program.
Wednesday's meeting grew heated at times as several Council members bickered over the reasons Roper was being fired. Roper previously filed suit against the entire Council, claiming members of the council unfairly targeted her and wanted her to step down in order to give her position to a friend of theirs.
News 2 will have more on the decision starting at 4 p.m.