PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The rumblings at the Port Allen City Hall continued Friday morning two more city employee called it quits.
The city's payroll clerk of 18 years, Robin Ackerman, resigned effective immediately around 10 a.m. Minutes later, Melita Rasberry, the city's administrative coordinator and accounts payable since 2005, also quit effective immediately.
Ackerman made the following statement:
"I want to thank everyone for his or her concern during this difficult time. It was a very hard decision for me to walk away from my job. I am truly heart broken over this. I have worked for the City of Port Allen 18 ½ years and worked under 4 different Mayor's prior to this one. Never once did I have a problem working for anyone of them until now.
"I love Port Allen, its people, and small town atmosphere. My heart is heavy in no longer being a vital part of its government.
"I've had the opportunity to work with some really good people through the years and made so many friends and met so many of you that I did not know before. I ask all of you to please pray for our little city and my former colleagues who are still working at Port Allen City Hall."
Six city employees have now resigned since Mayor Deedy Slaughter took office in January 2013.
Kaci Daigle, the city's office and utility clerk resigned in April 2013 after two-and-a-half years on the job.
The Port Allen city attorney of 16 years, Victor Woods, called it quits June 30, 2013. Kathy Pierson, another office and utility clerk hired the same day as Daigle, stepped down Aug. 2, 2013.
Teracita Pattan, the city's administrative coordinator/utility clerk, put in her resignation with her last day being Aug. 28, 2013. She wanted to give herself time to train the new employees.
"I am limited in my response because this is a personnel matter," said Slaughter. "My only comment is that I have been requesting the employees of this small office to cross train their individual jobs. We thank them for their service to the city."
Mayor Slaughter told 9News she made a new hire Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. 9News learned she hired Leslie Lawson, who is the daughter of the secretary for the mayor's brother-in-law Ralph Slaughter.
Meanwhile, Port Allen residents continue to get signatures for the petition to recall Mayor Slaughter. They need 1,273, which is 33 and 1/3 of all the registered voters in Port Allen. The deadline to submit the recall petition is no later than 180 days after the petition was filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State's office or Dec. 4, 2013.
The signed petition will then go to the parish Registrar of Voters. The registrar must certify that the proper number of registered voters have signed the petition. If there are enough signatures, the petition is then sent by the registrar to the governor. The governor then issues a proclamation ordering an election to be held for the purpose of voting on the recall.