Port Allen, LA Update – 5/25/13

Mayoral salary in Port Allen an issue not settled

The last four Port Allen mayors each earned about $85,000 a year, but only now are some city councilmen questioning whether that salary is too high.

Some City Council members have said the $84,960 a year salary for Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter is too steep for a city of 5,180 residents.

Plaquemine’s mayor earns $64,500 a year to serve 7,119 residents.

The mayor of New Roads is paid $62,000 a year to serve 4,831 residents.

In Baker, the mayor is paid $74,737 a year to serve 13,895 residents, earning less than the Port Allen mayor but serving a city more than twice that size.

It was Port Allen’s former mayor Mayor Roger Bergeron who had asked the council to lower the mayor’s pay to $65,000 a year for the next term — an action they took through adopting the 2012 budget but that Slaughter refused to recognize once she took office Jan. 1.

The salary became a hot-button issue in February after Audrey McCain, the city’s chief financial officer, revealed that Slaughter, in continuing to receive the $84,960 salary, would send two of the city’s operating funds into a deficit.

2 Responses to “Port Allen, LA Update – 5/25/13”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    According to population size the Jonesboro council members these mayors should be paid $250,00 per year to be in proportion to what they pay Thompson. Oh, they have auditable books so they get paid less, they are doing their JOBS, what a shame they don’t have a council like Thompson!!!!!

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