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ArkLaTex mayor's comment raises eyebrows

"My feelings is she's a lady but she's more knowledge, she's the most knowledgeable person we can get,"  Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker said during a Bossier City Council meeting June 6. (Source: KSLA News 12) "My feelings is she's a lady but she's more knowledge, she's the most knowledgeable person we can get," Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker said during a Bossier City Council meeting June 6. (Source: KSLA News 12)
"Like I said, I'm for her. But you bring up 'cuz she's a lady' and 'we paid the man that.' That, to me, that is totally out of line. That don't even cross my mind," Councilman Don Williams responded to the mayor. (Source: KSLA News 12) "Like I said, I'm for her. But you bring up 'cuz she's a lady' and 'we paid the man that.' That, to me, that is totally out of line. That don't even cross my mind," Councilman Don Williams responded to the mayor. (Source: KSLA News 12)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A comment by Bossier City's mayor has some people asking whether it was a sexist remark about women or simply a poor choice of words.

It came during the City Council meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Lo Walker was arguing that Stacie Fernandez, the city's new finance director, deserves the same level of pay as her predecessor.

"My feelings is, she's a lady but she's more knowledge, she's most knowledgeable person we can get," the mayor said.

Councilman Don Williams responded immediately.

"Like I said, I'm for her. But you bring up 'cuz she's a lady' and 'we paid the man that.' That, to me, that is totally out of line. That don't even cross my mind."

Walker responded, "Okay. Disregard it," to which Williams added, "Okay, that is all."

Pam Glorioso, the city's new chief administrative officer, explained: "Mayor Walker's from the old school. He refers to people as ladies and gentlemen."

At worst, she said, the mayor's remark was misunderstood.

"He meant that Miss Fernandez, the lady she is, she is entitled to equal compensation just as a gentleman would be."

Williams doesn't think the mayor's comment was intentional, not a slip of the tongue. "I do. Yeah, I do."

The councilman said that he and Walker cleared the air after the meeting and that the issue is now closed. 

The mayor and Fernandez did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

Ultimately, the City Council approved of setting Fernandez's starting pay at $105,000 a year, the same as her predecessor's ending salary.

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