Port Allen mayor talks moving forward after resignations at city hall

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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 7:19pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 12:13pm

Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter spoke out Monday about the state of city hall. She said despite losing two veteran employees no Friday the city is running smoothly. She said she has a plan to keep the city running.

"Well we do have staff who have that knowledge of those persons who had resigned on Friday," Mayor Deedy Slaughter said. "Those persons will we stepping in their places to make sure those job duties are performed."

Now the mayor says she's doing what she can to keep up morale.

"Just talking to each employee to let them know hey we have to stay focused. We do have a job to do. You know just maintain the self control that you had before on a normal basis," Slaughter said.

The city's payroll clerk and city administrative coordinator resigned on Friday.

City Councilman Gary Hubble, said since the mayor took office he's noticed a lot of tension at city hall.

"We have a rudderless ship that has no captain at the wheel," Hubble said.

He's worried without a strong leader the city could be in big trouble.

"It's sad because we have such a beautiful community over there. We have wonderful people over there. But our current mayor has really stifled any progress we can make over there," Hubble described.

The mayor is asking people in Port Allen to be patient while she gets city employees used to her style of leadership.

"When a change come it may be difficult. When new management comes in when you are used to doing something a particular way, but when a change comes sometimes it sort of hard to go with that paradigm," Mayor Slaughter said.

The mayor says she hopes to have new people hired to replace the city's payroll clerk and city administrative coordinator in the next few weeks.

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Does anyone out there actually believe PA is running smoothly? The city attorney informed her on Feb. 19th that he wanted out-- that's more than six months ago and she's yet to name a replacement. She's yet to properly introduce a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that began two months ago and five employees besides the city attorney have called it quits since April. Her style of leadership is to blindly do what her brother-in-law Ralph Slaughter instructs her to do. That's not leadership!

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