Port Allen Mayor plans to fight city council decision to define department heads

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 10:56pm

The battle between the Mayor of Port Allen, the city council and the city's chief financial officer is in full swing. The city council voted 3 to 2 in favor of adding new positions to the list of people that run the city. The group passed an ordinance defining the following as department heads: the city's police chief, fire chief, chief financial officer, chief administrative officer, and director of public works.

Mayor Deedy Slaughter says she plans on vetoing the council's decision. Earlier Wednesday evening she spoke of cooperation with the council and moving the city forward. Now that could be in jeopardy.

"I feel like right now we are buried under something right now," Slaughter described, "Once we get from under there what ever it seemed to be that this city will go forward. "

Slaughter said she has 10 days to make the decision to oppose the council's decision. From there the council would have to vote to override or accept her decision with a 4 of 5 vote.

The Port Allen city council meeting kicked off Wednesday night with pleas for progress.

"If it's a black and white issue that was back in the 1960's it may be still today. It's time for us to get along and move on," Deloris Kibby, Port Allen resident, explained.

"We are moving forward black white brown and yellow with some sense of unity and purpose. The west side is the best side for all of us," Ray Stumbo, Port Allen resident, stated.

The yelling soon followed as people living in Port Allen began to vent their frustrations.

"{You said}I'm the mayor and I can if I'm wrong correct me, but I do believe that they have asked her to handle things differently," Bootsie Crochet, Port Allen resident, said. "She has not worked with the council on some of these issues. I don't understand why it's the council's fault. "

The war of words centered around the battle between the mayor and the city's chief financial officer.

"Do you stop business because something is in court no! You don't stop moving the city forward. You don't stop doing business," Nikisha Joseph, Port Allen resident, said.

Residents agreed however they are tired of the fighting. They just don't know how to get the arguing to stop.
 

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