Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jennings Mayor Booted from Office

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jennings Mayor Booted from Office

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JENNINGS * After a series of impeachment hearings that spanned three months, the City Council has ousted Yolonda Fountain- Henderson from the mayor's seat.

On four of seven charges, the council on Tuesday voted unanimously to impeach Fountain-Henderson. A majority of the council agreed on the other charges.

Fountain-Henderson was alleged to have entered the city into contracts without council approval; illegally accessed and removed personnel records from City Hall; and suspended an employee without providing due process, among other accusations.

Councilwoman Francine Dugger is serving as interim mayor until an election is held.

Fountain-Henderson was elected in April 2015.

Soon after she took office, she sued the council, including herself, seeking to declare illegal a prior council's votes to give fixed terms to employees and appointees ones she could not terminate. …

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