She also cleaned out her aldermanic office -- including the paperwork and the computer.This article starts off with how she drained the budget of a committee she chaired. This city council committee is the Landmark's Committee that has a budget of about $110,000 but there was only $30,000 left. She was also charged with bribery, extortion, mail fraud, and tax evasion. In addition in FBI surveillance she was said to have uttered that most aldermen or politicians were "hos".
So says Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), who defeated Troutman in February, only to be left high and dry.
"I didn't get anything -- period. No computers. No desks. No equipment. No information on developers -- anything. I did not get it. I don't know what happened to it. I had to get everything new," Cochran said Thursday.
"Residents, businessmen would come into our office and indicate that they had submitted paperwork for something -- building permits, letters of support, block clubs, any and everything. They were expecting some action on it and the action was not there. There was nothing there for us [to act on]. We had to start the process all over again."
Cochran has introduced an ordinance that would mandate vanquished opponents cooperate with their successors. It states that any aldermen who leaves office for any reason "is required to make an orderly transition." The mandate would include "an accurate accounting of expenditures and availability of all city funds budgeted for use by the outgoing alderman" and his or her employees.
Troutman could not be reached for comment.
This story has only served to make her look even worse.