(FOLSOM, La.) -- The board of aldermen decided last week to seek a court order allowing the mayor and aldermen to sign a check giving Police Chief Beau Killingsworth about $15,000 in overtime pay.
Killingsworth, with the knowledge of village officials, worked the overtime over a period of several years, but village attorney Donald Kearns and the state attorney general's office have said he can't be paid for it because the overtime was not approved on each occasion by the Board of Aldermen.
Since the dispute arose, Killingsworth has been put on a set salary rather than required to keep a time sheet.
Neither Mayor Marshell Brumfield nor the aldermen dispute that Killingsworth is owed the money. "I just don't want to put my name on that check until we have a court order telling us we can do it. I don't want to do something illegal," Brumfield said.
Kearns said he has advised the mayor and aldermen not to sign the check without a court order.
In a related development, Alderman David Pittman said he wants the village to hire another part-time police officer to give the village three full-time and two part-time officers. Killingsworth said he thinks he can find federal grants to pay for another part-time officer.
(iSyndicate; The Times-Picayune; Nov. 23, 2000) Terms and Conditions: Copyright( 2000 LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights Reserved.