- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The Port Allen City Council is exploring administrative changes that members say will establish better hiring protocols and increase transparency in city government.

The changes would be ushered in through the adoption of several ordinances Councilman Garry Hubble offered up for discussion with city leaders Wednesday night during the City Council’s committee meetings.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1dsnf94 ) Hubble asked council members to modify the city’s hiring practices, authorize the interim mayor to hire a law firm to update the employee handbook and expand the job duties of the city’s payroll clerk into a human resources director.

Hubble also proposed requiring two administrative signatures on all checks issued on the city’s bank accounts.

The proposals come in the wake of the council’s frequent clashes with former Mayor Demetric Slaughter over several of her administrative decisions during her 11-month tenure. Slaughter was recalled from office on Nov. 16.

The council will consider the introduction of the proposed ordinances at its Feb. 12 meeting.

“We had a number of hires last year that were not advertised and protocol not followed,” Hubble told council members at Wednesday night’s meetings.

He accused Slaughter of making several hires during her administration that weren’t approved by the council or properly advertised to the public.

“I felt that ordinance needed some more teeth in it,” Hubble said. “I want to introduce language in our current ordinance that would make a hire invalid if the hiring protocols are not followed.”

Hubble also said an ordinance requiring two signatures on checks would provide better oversight.

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

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