EBR Parish Attorney suing Metro Council

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper is suing the East Baton Rouge Metro Council.  The suit was filed in 19th Judicial District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

“It is unfortunate that it had to come to this, as my preference would have been an amicable resolution,” said Mary Roper.

Roper has been the parish attorney for 20 years. She came under fire after some of the metro council members say they have lost confidence in her as parish attorney. Back in June, a hearing was set on whether to remove Roper as parish attorney, but was deferred as Roper struck a deal to take over as legal counsel for the Retirement System Office. The job would have allowed her to keep her retirement with the city. She was offered the position of retirement system counselor after an investigation in which officials say she sent an East Baton Rouge Parish-developed computer program to a personal email account.

Tuesday however, Roper said she has declined the job and is now filing suit. 

"The terms of employment which had been proposed and accepted by me, were not ultimately delivered," said Roper. 

Roper is asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to stop  her termination hearing that is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m., saying it violates her due process.

9News called Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe for comment, but he did not return our call.

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