Port Allen council members look to judge for injunction against mayor

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Some city leaders are hoping to get a judge to issue an injunction against Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter's latest actions.

It comes after the city's attorney of 16 years Victor Woods turned in his resignation letter dated May 29th.

Monday evening, Port Allen Council Members Hugh Riviere and Garry Hubble met with an attorney to ensure their city has a checks and balances system in place.

On Friday, Mayor Deedy Slaughter stripped Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain of her duties to sign any city paychecks.

The council members said after that move, Mayor Slaughter is now the only person who has full online access to the city's bank accounts. It's why they're looking to re-instate the CFO and payroll clerk to their full job responsibilities.

"Since I have been the Mayor of Port Allen, Ms. Audrey McCain, CFO, has controlled the check signing authority of the City and has been the only signature on the electronic bank transfers for the City of Port Allen bank accounts. My review, however, of Louisiana Revised Statute 33:404 shows that the Mayor has the sole authority to sign checks of the city," said Mayor Slaughter.

The Chief Financial Officer's job duties entail "distributes payroll expenses to appropriate department;…approves invoices; signs checks."

The attorney is expected to meet with a judge and council members hope a judge will issue an injunction within the next few days.

Meanwhile, as far as the city's 2013 budget on the agenda, Mayor Slaughter said she plans to introduce it at this Wednesday's meeting and then hold a special meeting for public hearings and a vote.

As for Woods, he asked in his resignation letter for Mayor Slaughter to name his replacement this Wednesday. Mayor Slaughter told 9News she will not have a replacement ready for Wednesday's meeting.

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