City officials confirmed that Port Allen’s Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain was terminated Monday morning, February 11.
Port Allen Councilman Garry Hubble said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon that Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter fired McCain earlier that morning.
Chief Administrative Officer Adrian Genre confirmed the termination.
“Yes, that is correct,” he said upon being questioned of the firing, adding that McCain was fired in person.
Genre, who was hired last year by former mayor Roger Bergeron, declined to comment further, “for obvious reasons,” and deferred all further questions to the mayor.
Mayor Slaughter submitted a letter to city council members Monday informing them of her decision to fire McCain.
The letter details that, pursuant to the authority granted her under state and city statutes, “I have terminated Ms. Audrey McCain’s employment as the Chief Financial Officer, an administrative staff position to the Mayor of the City of Port Allen.”
Slaughter did not state any further reasons for McCain’s termination.
She did say that a La. state statute allows the mayor to appoint a municipal clerk at the first regular council meeting “succeeding each regular municipal election,” and that McCain will not be nominated as clerk.
The Chief Financial Officer and the municipal clerk have typically been staffed by the same person.
“I will not be nominating (McCain) as the municipal clerk during my term of office as Mayor,” Slaughter wrote.
Slaughter also included a letter from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, dated Feb. 4, which details certain internal control and compliance issues requiring a plan of corrective action and “a date the corrective action will be completed.” The Louisiana Legislative Auditor requests a response within 30 days of receipt of the 2011-2012 audit report.
McCain could not be reached for comment at the time of press.
Hubble said the Personnel & Finance Committee, of which he is chair, should be making hiring and firing decisions for the city.
“[Slaughter] says she can. We say she can’t,” Hubble said.
Last week Slaughter garnered opposition from residents and council members alike over her decision to hire a Chief of Staff. Genre said Monday that the item was still on the agenda for Wednesday.