Port Allen meeting heats up over personnel issues

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Security had to get between two fired up council members Wednesday at a meeting in Port Allen.

Two issues dominated the volatile meeting, which played out before a packed house.

One of the issues was whether new Port Allen Mayor Dederic Slaughter had the authority to fire Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain.

Some council members pushed back, saying Slaughter could not take that action on her own and that the council needed to be involved.

McCain's attorney has asked a judge to issue a temporary order Thursday, putting McCain back on the job while the court decides who is right.

The other issue was whether Mayor Slaughter could hire her brother-in-law in a newly-created position of chief of staff to the mayor, which brought more fireworks.

A special meeting will be held for further discussions on that issue, which may ultimately wind up in court as well.

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