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Feb 12, 2013 8:06 AM by AP

Port Allen mayor fires chief financial officer

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Port Allen Mayor Demetric Slaughter has fired Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain in response to recent audit findings that cited weaknesses in the city's accounting practices.

The mayor sent the council a letter Monday in which she announced McCain's firing.

Slaughter said in the letter that she also was stripping McCain of her duties as the city's municipal clerk, another title held by the city's chief financial officer.

But Councilman Garry Hubble said that the mayor's actions are a direct violation of the city's ordinances, which he said stipulates personnel decisions involving the city's department heads be ratified by the City Council.

The mayor would not comment on whether she would hire a new chief financial officer.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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