ABERDEEN, Miss (WTVA) -- After an hour long executive session, the Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night in open session 4 to 0 to slash Mayor Maurice Howard's salary by $15,000.
It's about them not being able to micromanage me," replied Mayor Maurice Howard. "If I do what they say, I can join in the clique, but I've never been that type of person."
City officials say the mayor makes $44,054 a year but Howard hasn't been available to the public, absent from day to day responsibilities at city hall, not engaging with the board and not posting his schedule.
"If I don't do exactly what they say, they hurt the city," said Myor Howard. "You take away the festival to hurt me, but you're hurting the citizens. You turn down jobs to hurt me, but you're hurting the citizens."
The Mayor was a no show Tuesday night. The vice mayor didn't vote since presided over meeting.
Howard tells WTVA the board agreedn ot to meet due to out of town plans.
"They purposefully did that so they could do what they did last night," commented the Mayor.
The board also voted to suspend all of the Mayor's out of town travel because Howard has failed to turn in his receipts as required by state law.
"This picture right here represents the city of Aberdeen," said Howard, pointing to a picture of himself and the board. "None of these people on this side of me wants to see change in the city. As long as those people are sitting upstairs, we will have complete and utter chaos."