Jonesboro Mayor’s Pay Doubled, Despite 5th Consecutive Audit Failure

Despite five consecutive years of financial reports that say the Town of Jonesboro’s finances cannot be audited, the town’s Board of Aldermen saw fit to double controversial mayor Leslie Thompson’s pay – from $35 thousand/year to $70 thousand/year.

The board was presented tonight with a financial report from J. Walker & Company of Lake Charles, that said no opinion as to the town’s financial statements could be expressed.

Voting yes on ordinance #712 were:

LaStevic Cottonham – Alderman-at-Large
Charla Mason-Melton – District C
Devin Flowers – District D

Voting no were:

Sam Lamkin – District A
Renee Stringer – District B

We will have additional reporting later on the near 3 1/2 hour meeting.

39 Responses to “Jonesboro Mayor’s Pay Doubled, Despite 5th Consecutive Audit Failure”

  1. hmmmmm Says:

    The news said Cottonham was an hour late and votes for the raise…they must have had to call him on his cell phone to remind him to come vote for his buddy. Wow! Sad state of affairs…vote for the position not the man? Really..so you would give a $35k raise to someone who has failed the town for the past 6 years and claim it is for the position. You think we are all stupid Charla? I will be sitting in the front row when they throw you in jail clapping and cheering…”give the woman what she want…give the woman what she need…give the woman a prison cell…indeed!”

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Jonesboro was the headline news on KNOE-TV at 10 p.m. A mayor who is charged with malfeasance having his salary doubled, with only one council member voting against it.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    KNOE-TV apparently had that wrong, if the website is correct, and I imagine it is. They said it was 3-1 with one member abstaining.

  4. anonymous Says:

    SICK

  5. Anonymous Says:

    What about the extra $100 that Thompson wanted so badly? The news report shows an even $70,000 ?

  6. Here kitty Says:

    Abstaining? Meow…meow….meow

  7. aminvolved Says:

    This is just about the stupidest thing I have heard. The town is suffering from lack of funds, there is no police protection, etc….and the mayor accused of malfeasance in office is given a “double portion” raise???? Where are the people with a sense of moral code and ethics? Lord, help poor Jonesboro!

  8. Lawd Hep Us Says:

    Hello Detroit!!!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    im so glad i moved out of town few years ago..that way i dont have to show up at meetings and show my BUTT

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Who all got lied to, had several well informed black people tell me that Charla and LeStevic were voting no, haha, can’t trust your own people can you.

    At that salary there should be some serious contenders for mayor next election, black and white!!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Charla, next time you pray start with “Lord forgive me for lying to people who trusted in me” and hope it is sincere enough to get forgiven

  12. Time will tell Says:

    Pathetic puppets!

  13. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    Double the CTIC’s salary when all he has done is run the town of Jonesboro into the ground and make it the laughing stock of sensible people all over the state? I hesitate in calling his cronies the Three Stooges for I have respect for the original Stooges but this group that is allegedly leading Jonesboro doesn’t make us laugh because it is so freaking wrong what they are doing. It would not surprise me that if sometime in the near future the CTIC gives every black 20 acres of land (not his) and a mule. In the town of Jonesboro are good decent people, both black and white and we had to elect something from the cess pool of life. We need to get rid of this clown (Leslie Thompson, CTIC of Jonesboro) legally and he needs to be fitted for a black and white stripped outfit and removed tothe Grey Bar Hotel for what he has done to our town. He is a turd. Flush him out of office NOW!!!! Oh for the day when the citizens of Jonesboro can observe this clown in a red jumper picking up trqsh all the the steets of Jonesboro.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    At least, according to the news release, Lamkin did vote against it. The disappointment was Charla, who had shown some signs of fiscal responsibility the last few meetings. Her vote against the excessive raise would have defeated it. .

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Since Thompson didn’t get the extra $100, he is still tied with the Ball mayor for highest-paid in that population range. However, that mayor is now in prison, and don’t know if his replacement is getting that or not.

  16. JustMe Says:

    I’d like to know when or if he ever stopped drawing the increase (illegally done the first time around)

  17. Anonymous Says:

    I believe he received it up to the time the judge issued the recent injunction. The issue now is whether he will have to pay it back to the Town. That is what the Essmeier et al suit is all about.

    • hmmmmm Says:

      That would take an attorney with balls to do something and Stokes is sorely lacking. The state will have to do something if anything is done.

      • anonymous Says:

        I have to wonder if his credentials are worth leslie thompson, according to the truthatjonesboro tape he is going to have a complaint filed against him with the La. Bar Assoc……is it worth it?

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Understand that some of the council members said that they were voting for the 100% salary increase because they were voting “for the office, not the man.” If that is the case, why didn’t they just raise it $5,000 or at the most $10,000, to be more in line with other towns this size? Only one other Louisiana town in this population range has this large a salary for their mayor. Don’t let them kid you, it was for Leslie Thompson and nobody else. Watch them holler if a white man or woman is elected mayor next time, and gets that amount of money.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t think its bad for a mayor to make good money but this is as stupid as it gets.I have never seen any person ,company or anything that could not be audited but yet they have funds for a 35 thousand dollar raise.i would be afraid now that my check wouldn’t clear after the raise.

  20. MrMoney Says:

    What is the opposite of “Happy! Happy! Happy”?
    Talk about a reality show: Jonesboro would make a great one.

    • Bug House Says:

      Jonesboro has been chosen as a research project for a major university health science center…..funding to research the following maladies
      1. Pseudologia fantastica
      2. Mythomania
      3.Dopaminergic Signalling
      4.Kleptomania of singular emphasis-money
      5. Grandiose Imagination Spectrum

      Subjects will receive stipend and free analysis along with nice jacket that ties in the back, facility guarantees a brand new net will be utilized with each incident and free transportation. Submit applications as soon as possible.

  21. S.Moore Says:

    THIS IS STUPID, I WISH WE HAD THE ALDERMEN FROM GIBSLAND ATLEAST THEY HAVE THE BALLS TO STAND UP TO STUPID PEOPLE. OWE BY THE WAY THESE 2 MAYOR’S OR FRIENDS.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    if I am right our mayor is a high paid idiot but 4 out of five of the council members are stupid.

  23. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    Im a JACKSON Parish native and one of the few from down there born with an ANDY JACKSON personality that will stand up againts the corrupt tyraneous acts of the LPNET squad who are about to make a mockery of justice through thier own dishonesty. Please be aware of this as its the truth These guys planted evidence in an innocent persons home–to merely raikroad people who had nothing to do with the incident. When will someone print the truth about that. Its ok I will be taking them to federal court to make it right–only because they are not righteous. Anytime you want the trutg just call me.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    What is LPNET?

    • Dan Michael Burson Says:

      lincoln parish narcotics enforcement team –that get away with planting evidence on innocent people. At the same time let the ones who commited the crime walk away scott free. where is the justice in that. Its nothing but a corrupt political cohersion. This will become an issue for the sheriffs and D S OFFICE.

  25. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    SORRY THE D As office

  26. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    about your mayor —lets put it this way I would do a better jub for less money–and take care of the citizens of jonesboro and all of jackson parish,

  27. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    like I said Im the one person from down there that does have the andy jackson personality that will stand up against corruption.

  28. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    iF YOU WANT A MUCH BETTY PERSON AS MAYOR WHO IS NOT GREEDY THEN YOU JUST CALL mike burson AND i WILL FIX THE PROBLEMS AND COST THE TAX PAYERS A LOT LESS MONEY AND CERTAINLY WILL GET MORE DONE—-YOU GUYS ARE ONLY IN THE POSITION FOR ELECTING AN IDIOT TO BEGIN WITH.

  29. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    JUST MENTION MY NAME mike burson TO YOUR MAYOR– HE WILL REMEMBER WHEN HE SEES ME SHOW UP AS HE WILL KNOW TROUBLE IS COMING HIS WAY BIG TIME LOL.

  30. Dan Michael Burson Says:

    iF YOU WANT MORE FOR YOUR MONEY JUST GIVE MR A CALL.

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