The 2018 legislative audit for the city of Bastrop was recently released after being submitted 3 months late. Multiple findings reference payroll issues. Now those findings are being processed.
Another finding references mayor cotton’s city attorney appointments that date back to 2017. In august, the board of alderman approved one of two full time City Attorneys appointed by the Mayor.. those names were resubmitted in 2018… but not approved by the Board of Alderman.
in response, Mayor Cotton sent a letter to Louisiana State Department of Justice.
The letter written by attorney general jeff landry sided with the board of alderman unless mayor cotton could prove the appointed attorneys are public officers. If they are, then they serve legally until the board appoints approved attorneys.
We asked Mayor Cotton if they are and he refereed us to Section 15 of Bastrop’s Charter, essentially giving the Mayor the right to chose.This leads us to believe the Attorney in question is legal, but we cannot officially confirm that at this time.
Mayor Cotton says it is the same person appointed before he took office and that it was not made clear that the attorney had already been approved. He believes they though he was appointing someone new.