Q Does a mayor have any authority to pay a claim that has not been properly approved by the board of aldermen?
A No. Not only is there no statutory authority for a mayor to pay a claim that has not been properly approved by the board of aldermen, the mayor is subject to a misdemeanor conviction, punishable by a fine and imprisonment or both and, upon conviction, shall be automatically removed from office. In addition, the city clerk would be subject to the same sanctions for issuing a warrant for an expenditure that has not been properly approved by the board of aldermen. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Crider dated August 20, 2010)