Feb 21, 2013 8:47 AM by AP
PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - A state district judge has ruled that Port Allen Mayor Demetric Slaughter lacked authority to fire city Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain and granted McCain's request for a preliminary injunction nullifying Slaughter's action.
Judge Alvin Batiste also ordered on Wednesday the mayor not to interfere with McCain's job responsibilities as she continues her duties as the city's chief financial officer and municipal clerk. The mayor had ousted McCain, employed by the city since Oct. 1, 2011, from both positions on Feb. 11.
After dismissing McCain, Slaughter wrote City Council members a letter saying that she fired McCain due to accounting deficiencies cited by an audit of the city's financial records for fiscal year 2011.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com