Port Allen Mayor speaks out after audit citing possible wrongdoing

Port Allen Mayor speaks out after audit citing possible wrongdoing
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POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 7:18pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 8:24pm

Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter feels a new report by the state legislative auditors office does not show the the full story of what's been going on at city hall.

"It looked like it was based on what the citizens were saying and the people the auditors interviewed," the Mayor described,"... Not really hearing my side of the story. "

In the report legislative auditors found two red flags.

The first was an issue with the way the mayor was compensated for gas and mileage to her personal vehicle. The report stated: "Mayor Demetric Slaughter is receiving a car allowance that was neither budgeted nor approved by the City Council in an ordinance, which may violate state law."

The second issue was the use of public money to reimburse the mayor for a trip to Washington D.C. to attend President Obama's inauguration.

Again the auditors found they felt was potential misuse of tax payer money: "Mayor Demetric Slaughter may have violated state law by receiving City funds totaling $2,432 as reimbursement of travel expenses related to her trip to Washington, D.C., in January 2013. Mayor Slaughter's written explanation of the trip does not include a public purpose that
provided a benefit to the residents of the City of Port Allen."

Mayor Slaughter said that's not the case. She explained during her time in Washington she met with Senator Mary Landrieu and tried to learn about how to develop the Port Allen river front.

"I think that (meeting with Senator Landrieu) is a positive thing for the city as a whole and as well as having an opportunity to get an invitation to go to the president's inauguration," Slaughter said.

Mayor Slaughter put the money she was reimbursed in an escrow and the council can file suit to get it.

The mayor did get the ok when it comes to her salary.

Auditors found the city council did not follow the rules when they tried to cut the positions salary last year.

The mayor says she's hopeful after the report the city can move on: "We move forward. We get down to the real business that need to be taken care of, looking out for the citizens of this great city, and just begin to do productive things in this community."

State legislative auditors sent a copy of the report to the state attorney generals office.

Port Allen Audit Report.pdf1.23 MB

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