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Mayor vetoes legislation limiting executive powers

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Mayor Cedric Glover has vetoed four proposed ordinances that will restrict the authority granted his office under the current City of Shreveport City Charter.

The Council passed the ordinances two weeks ago and can adopt additional legislation with similar intentions during tomorrow's regular meeting. The vetoed amendments would prohibit payment to the city's financial advisor from the General Fund, Airport Enterprise Fund, Water & Sewerage Fund and the Riverfront Development Fund – all areas that received services from Grigsby and Associates in recent years.

Last year, the Council hired the Lafayette, La.-based law firm of Laborde & Neuner to audit payments made to Calvin Grigsby and his firm over the nearly 5-year period he provided financial advice and services to the City of Shreveport. Results of that probe indicated there was some $677,000 in "questionable'' billing that needed to be reconciled.

The Administration refuted those findings in a detailed response, which not only covers billing, but also addresses the process by which Grigsby was selected, how the contract was managed and administered and the fiscal environment that existed when Grigsby was hired.

In his June 6, 2013-dated letter to council members, Mayor Glover stresses that separation of power is fundamental to our form of government and is essential among co-equal branches. Part of his letter reads:

"Additionally, it has been firmly established throughout the history of our current form of government that the Mayor, as Chief Executive, has the right to engage in professional services contracts (such as with Financial Advisors) without interference by the City Council or the need for City Council approval, as long as funds are available within the Budget. In fact, I have enjoyed and exercised this right (as all Mayors before me) even with this very Council.''

Mayor Glover's letter also reminds the Council that the drafting of contracts is an administrative function, and an updated contract for future use already has been drafted for future financial advisers.

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