Metro Council fires Attorney Mary Roper

Metro Council fires Attorney Mary Roper

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Metro Council has fired East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper. The council voted 8 to 3 to  remove her from the job during a termination hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Counilmembers Tara Wicker, Chauna Bank Daniels, and Ronnie Edwards voted to keep her.

"It's a bad day for Baton Rouge," Roper said.  "It's a stain on the history of this city's government."

She said she was disappointed with the procedure and she had no immediate plans or other jobs lined up.

Roper came under fire after some members of the Metro Council said they lost confidence in her as parish attorney after an investigation in which officials said she sent an East Baton Rouge Parish-developed computer program to a personal email account.

A hearing before the Metro Council on whether to remove Roper as parish attorney was initially set for June, but was deferred because 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-parish. However, Roper declined the job and filed the suit.

Roper filed suit against the entire council on August 12. She was scheduled to have a termination hearing before the Metro Council the next day. However, on the morning of August 13, a judge granted a temporary restraining order on due process grounds only. The TRO postponed the termination hearing until today.

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