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|Meeting set on Ferriday recreation director charged in drug case|
The Ferriday Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss the future of former town recreation director McKinley Bates.
Bates, who sat in the front row during Tuesday's meeting, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent, carrying of weapons and possession of CDS during a drug raid on March 2.
Alderman Elijah "Stepper" Banks asked who was in charge of recreation.
"Look out there," Mayor Glen McGlothin said, pointing to the audience. "We've got volunteers. McKinley has been temporarily laid off until he has been found guilty or innocent."
Banks said Bates should have been given 30 days notice before being laid off.
Alderman Gloria Lloyd said the decision to lay off Bates should have been made by the entire board instead of two people.
But McGlothin and alderman Johnnie Brown said the decision was McGlothin's to make and no alderman had a say in his decision.
"I hear the stories on the street and that did not happen," Brown said. "No two aldermen made the decision with the mayor. We did not tell him to do anything."
"McKinley is the best thing to happen to our recreation," Lloyd said. "He has done a lot for the kids."
"I never said he was guilty, that's not for me to decide, but we need to do something," McGlothin said.
Bates was released from the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office on $45,000 bond March 5.
"He's going to present his case and I'm going to listen to him," McGlothin said. "Nobody likes that man more than me, trust me that's why I hired him. I just felt like this was an emergency situation and something needed to be done."
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