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Opelousas mayor allegedly files overtime for councilmen without consent

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Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum allegedly filed overtime paperwork for councilmen without their consent. 

KATC reported Friday that Tatum was requesting almost $13,000 in overtime funds for his work at the Opelousas shelter during the historic flood. He told us the money would be reimbursed by FEMA, even though he was a salary employee and typically not eligible for overtime.

Tatum also indicated that there were other employees and elected officials who were also getting reimbursed but hadn't submitted time yet. 

Friday afternoon, Councilman Tyrone Glover was asked to sign an overtime form. He said, "I asked them 'what overtime?' I didn't know what they were talking about. They said 'overtime for the flood.'"

However, Glover said he volunteered for the flood and did not consider it work. 

He added, "I'm not looking to get paid. I didn't ask for payment. I don't want payment. I didn't request payment. Hands down. The real question - why is an overtime timesheet being turned in, and I'm not the that turned it in?"

The councilman claimed Mayor Reggie Tatum turned in the timesheet, which we verified with city payroll employees. But Glover says the mayor turning in that overtime document goes against city ordinance.

Glover said he's not the only councilman who's had an overtime form submitted for them.

We reached out to the mayor but were unable to get in touch with him.

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