Chicago Heights Park District Holds Special Meeting, Stops Payouts (Chicago Heights, IL) – This afternoon, the Chicago Heights Park District Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss and vote on several issues regarding recent moves.
The special meeting began with the swearing in of the new and re-elected commissioners: Ward 2 Commissioner Elizabeth Perez, Ward 4 Commissioner Michele Baikauskas, Ward 5 Commissioner Jessica Mancina (re-elected), and Ward 6 Commissioner Curtis Straczek (re-elected). Oddly enough, newly appointed Ward 1 Commissioner LaShawn Ridley, Ward 3 Commissioner Kelley Nichols-Brown, and Ward 7 Commissioner Rodolfo Zuniga were not in attendance.
The meeting then went very quickly, with several motions being made and quickly passed by unanimous vote of the board members in attendance.
Most notably, the board voted to stop the large severance payouts that were set to go to the recently resigned Frank Perez and Jose Ayala. Their payouts totaled over $200,000 in cash, plus benefits. These severance packages were recently reported on by The Southland Journal and can be read here. A video of the board meeting can be found below:
Commissioners Mancina and Perez provided comments:
Chicago Heights Park District Holds Special Meeting, Stops Payouts