Dolton Mayor Henyard is stood up by trustees after threatening them with arrest (Dolton, IL) – Newly elected Dolton mayor Tiffany Henyard got a taste of her own medicine tonight after most of the trustees failed to show up at the special meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Henyard went live at around 7:10 PM with the only other elected officials present being Trustee Andrew Holmes and Village Clerk Alison Key. After thanking the department heads and the single board member that was present, Mayor Henyard addressed the absence of the trustees, stating that it is important to set aside differences in an attempt to conduct business. She also took the time to toot her own horn, listing some of her accomplishments, saying that she has “hit the ground running,” and that she has “done a lot of great things for (the) community,” citing the installation of street signs, street lights, and repairing some damaged sidewalks and streets.
She compared her troubles to those of Stacey Carrell, the newly appointed head of Public Works, saying that naysayers thought he, “couldn’t do the job, just like how they do with me, because you are young. You are young, you are bright, you are brilliant, and I love the fact that you have came in and changed Dolton with three months.”
Henyard went on to address and thank new Chief of Police Rob Collins, who also took a few moments to speak about his department. Trustee Holmes also thanked Chief Collins and spoke of public safety.
Mayor Henyard then attempted to call the meeting to order, which did not have a quorum. Interestingly enough, Henyard took the time to address the absence of the trustees once again, “you still have to come and show up!” The statement came in contradiction to the last special meeting, scheduled for August 12, which was cancelled at last-minute by Henyard. Henyard also reportedly instructed police, who were heavily present outside village hall on the evening of the 12th, to arrest any trustees who entered the building. The trustees who arrived to a locked village hall took the opportunity to hold an impromptu town hall meeting and spoke with the residents who came expecting a board meeting. A copy of that agenda can be found by clicking here: Special-Board-Meeting-August-12-2021-Cancelled
A video of tonight’s events is posted below:
Dolton Mayor Henyard is stood up by trustees after threatening them with arrest