Former mayor, alderman quits over police time sheet dispute


PORT VINCENT, La. (AP) - A longtime alderman of a Louisiana parish and a former mayor has resigned over a dispute about how the town's police officers record their time.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports David Carter resigned last week, prompting Port Vincent to hold a special election to fill his role. Carter said he's concerned the town's two officers don't physically punch time sheets to start and end shifts. He said officers should use a fingerprint system to register time to avoid false entries. Carter was mayor when a clerk was accused of embezzling $16,000. He said he has been getting complaints from citizens not seeing police officers on patrol.

But Mayor Johnnie "JJ" Page and Police Chief Matthew Allen defended current policies.

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