Local mayor facing felony charge now controls all village hiring - KMOV.com

Local mayor facing felony charge now controls all village hiring, firing

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Mugshot of Alorton Mayor Joann Reed. Credit: KMOV Mugshot of Alorton Mayor Joann Reed. Credit: KMOV
ALORTON (KMOV.com) -

She was once removed from office for a felony, but now a Metro East mayor is in control of hiring and firing village employees.

Alorton Mayor Joann Reed's currently facing indictment for voter fraud, but village trustees voted 4 to 2, turning over the authority of setting salaries.

"I think you all have enough trust and confidence that I can carry out that duty," said Mayor Reed during the June 12 Alorton Board of Trustees meeting.

"They didn't vote for one person, they voted for a team of people to work together to get stuff done," said Alorton Trustee Devione Kidd.

Kidd tells News 4 he's fearful Mayor Reed will abuse her new abilities.

"(She'll) hire her family members and her political friends," said Kidd.

News 4 reached out to Mayor Reed and all four of the trustees who voted to relinquish their rights, but no one was willing to comment.

A recent financial report from Alorton Administrator Lamar Gentry reveals the village is more than $8,000 in the red.

"It's going to just get worse and we'll be filing bankruptcy soon," said Kidd.

Kidd also told News 4 Mayor Reed's turned several longtime village employees into part-time workers and canceled their vacations. 

Instead of saving taxpayer money with the move, Kidd says Reed's creating new jobs like Assistant to the Mayor, and Director of Public Safety, only adding to the village's spending.

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