Port Allen Mayor wants lawsuit dropped, CFO wants mayor to back off

WVLA Staff
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 8:23pm

Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against her. She's being sued by the city's Chief Financial Officer.

Both sides were supposed to meet in court today for a hearing. Instead West Baton Rouge Judge Alvin Baptiste called the lawyers into his office postponing the hearing.

The judge tried to get the group to compromise on what the CFO's duties are and how the mayor can deal with the CFO.

Neither side could agree.

The fight started back in February after the mayor fired McCain, without talking to the city council first.

Judge Baptiste ruled that wasn't ok, because the cfo is a department head which means the mayor needs council approval to dismiss her.
McCain got her job back.

Since then it's been non-stop fighting between the mayor, the CFO, and the city council.

Lawyers for McCain said they're waiting on the judge to make a final decision judgement, but they say they want the mayor to stop micromanaging the CFO and let her do her job.

"Our hope is once that gets accomplished that everything will smooth over and hopefully the City of Port Allen will run smooth like the well oiled machine it used to run," Cy J. D'Aquila Jr, lawyer for McCain, expressed.

Lawyers for Mayor Slaughter filed a motion requesting the judge dismiss the case, because she say McCain's allegations are false.

Judge Baptiste ruled both sides must appear in court on July 31 to discuss the motion.

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