A former accountant for the Town of Jonesboro this afternoon testified that she was fired by the town’s controversial mayor Leslie Thompson when she would not pay several employees for holiday pay, when payroll procedures she said indicated ineligibility.
Reda Houston was employed from March 2011 to June 2012 as an accountant, and was responsible for accounts payable and payroll.
It was after her firing that the town’s front doors where chained and padlocked.
Houston also testified that just before she left the town’s employ, several crucial bills had not been paid, including workman’s comp insurance, health insurance, tax withholding, and some local vendors.
The testimony came near the end of today’s court session in the matter of State of Louisiana v Town of Jonesboro.