Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum speaks out on accusations of illegal overtime payments

Some residents are accusing Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum of clocking illegal overtime during last month’s historic flooding.
News Tens Emily Giangreco sat down with the mayor to talk about those allegations and more.

The mayor is expected to be on the clock 24/7 as a salary worker. So many are wondering how he was able to clock overtime during the recent flood. Some residents have posted pictures on social media of this Opelousas payroll report, showing the mayor clocking overtime, however the report they posted is confidential information.

“I’ve got employees that are really upset because their personal information was posted on Facebook being that their social security number, the last four digits and their names and all their stuff has been posted. We have already talked to law enforcement and we plan to continue working with law enforcment to find out exactly what’s going on and how this information is getting out.

As for the overtime, according to Mayor Tatum, due to the severity of the flooding, city employees, whether salary or not, were able to clock overtime during flood relief efforts.

“When you have an emergency or an incident, you try to keep good records and the amount of people that worked, the donations and everything and what you do is you compile that so at the end of the event, since the president declared it an emergency and also the governor, then FEMA reimburses those dollar figures. And they basically told everyone, salary of not, to put down their overtime because it was 90% reimbursable by FEMA.”

Mayor Tatum ensures the public that nothing he or his employees did was unlawful.

“We are just trying to do the best we can. Nothing that was done was illegal. We’ve done everything that was instructed to us by FEMA, and also the company that’s working with us to help compile the information.”

Mayor Tatum says he will meet with FEMA next week.

Reporting in Opelousas, Emily Giangreco KLFY News Ten.


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