Shreveport city councilman requests state audit of city’s finance department

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Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 12:43 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A member of Shreveport’s City Council is asking for an investigative audit following accusations made about the city’s finance department.

A certified letter was sent to Louisiana Legislative Auditor Michael J. Waguespack from Shreveport City Councilman John Nickelson, making the request. Below is the letter in full:

Letter from John Nickelson to Michael J. Waguespack
Letter from John Nickelson to Michael J. Waguespack(KSLA)

S. Ben Hebert, a former Shreveport city controller, announced his plans to sue the city on Monday, Jan. 24. Hebert claims that he refused to participate in financial improprieties he believes violated various state laws — which he reported to Mayor Adrian Perkins.

In addition, Hebert also claims he was discriminated against based on his age and race and that his firing was in retaliation for opposing discrimination and for his “whistleblowing” activities.

Hebert requested that the confirmation for Shreveport’s interim Chief Financial Officer Kasey Brown be postponed to allow the city council to investigate. Brown’s confirmation was postponed along with three other appointments.

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