Port Allen, LA Update – 8/26/13

2 Port Allen councilmen seek recall of mayor Slaughter

By Terry L. Jones
tjones@theadvocate.com

PORT ALLEN — Two Port Allen city councilmen said Monday they are joining the recall effort to have Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter removed from office, claiming she has created such a hostile work environment that five employees chose to quit their jobs recently.

Councilman Garry Hubble said he signed the recall petition over the weekend after finding out Melita Rasberry and Robin Ackerman, two administrative coordinators, told the mayor on Friday they were quitting, effective immediately.

Councilman Hugh “Hootie” Riviere said Monday he intends to sign the recall petition on Tuesday.

Slaughter confirmed, via email, that Terecita Pattan, an administrative coordinator, and two utility clerks, Kaci Daigle and Kathy Pierson, also recently resigned from the city.

The mayor said she is reviewing all of the administrative jobs in the city and hopes to combine the duties of several positions before she attempts to fill any remaining vacancies.

But it was revealed during a council committee meeting on Aug. 7 that Slaughter has already filled the utility clerk vacancies.

Hubble and Riviere criticized the mayor’s actions because they said she sidestepped council approval to make the appointments.

Slaughter has been the target of a recall since June 7.

The recall group needs the signatures of at least one-third — or 1,273 — of the city’s qualified voters at the time the petition was filed in order to get the Governor’s Office to issue a proclamation ordering an election be held for the purpose of recalling Slaughter.

The group has until Dec. 4 to submit the signed petition to the parish’s Registrar of Voters Office.

One Response to “Port Allen, LA Update – 8/26/13”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Port Allen’s Mayor must be a student of the Jonesboro mayor

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