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Political battle brewing over efforts to suspend city councilmen in Jennings

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JENNINGS (KMOV.com) -

The Jennings City Council held a contentious meeting Monday amidst the backdrop of a political storm brewing between the mayor and two councilmen. 

Mayor Yolanda Fountain-Henderson proposed to have two councilmembers, Rodney and Carol Epps, suspended, accusing them of applying for health care through the city by falsely claiming to be full-time employees. The council did not act on the suspension requests Monday night.

Rodney Epps denied the allegations at the meeting and supported procedural motions that start the impeachment process against Fountain-Henderson. The city council also voted to fire Tony Weaver, a Fountain-Henderson appointee. Weaver was also ordered to leave city hall.

During the meeting, Fountain-Henderson shouted down hecklers by threatening to have them removed.

Fountain-Henderson has been at the center of controversy since she took over as mayor earlier in 2015. Many residents have been pushing to have her recalled, citing her challenge to ordinance that guarantees non-elected city employees four years in office. Fountain-Henderson voted in favor of the ordinance when she was a councilwoman.

Fountain-Henderson suspended Jennings City Clerk earlier in the day. She also said she will take the allegations against Epps to authorities.

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