Local mayor may keep pension despite possible conviction

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 6:46 AM

(KMOV.com) – Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed may get to keep her pension even though she may get kicked out of office.

Reed is expected to plead guilty to bringing contraband into jail Thursday. A conviction would force her to resign. Reed is accused of smuggling a cell phone to her niece in the Alorton city jail. Reed was elected to office even though she had already been charged.

“If she’s a bad lady, I’d say she’s a bad lady, but she’s a good lady, not just because she’s a friend or because we are in politics together. She is a good lady,” said Alorton Village Trustee Malcolm Henderson.

Reed may get to keep her pension because her crime was not job related. News 4 has learned the size of the pension will be based on how long she worked at the St. Clair Sheriff’s Office and what her yearly salary was.

Henderson said Vice Mayor Kenneth Jackson would become the new mayor of Reed steps down.

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