The Port Allen city council has updated the city’s code of ordinances with regard to department heads, employment procedures, salary information and banking procedures.
The code of ordinances previously mentioned department heads but never clarified who they were. A majority of the city council moved to change that fact last year when former mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter fired the city’s CFO without city council approval.
Many city officials and residents considered the CFO a department head whose hiring and firing is subject to city council approval. However, Slaughter maintained that the CFO was simply “an administrative staff position to the mayor.”
CFO Audrey McCain took the issue to court in February of last year and won a preliminary injunction reversing the firing and preventing Slaughter from taking any adverse employment action against her.
The Port Allen city council has now clarified the term ‘department heads’ to mean the following five positions: CFO, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Public Works, Fire Chief and Police Chief.