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Deyton back in mayor’s seat

Photo by Elaine Rackley 
Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton and City Councilwoman Latresa Akins of Ward Four laughed following Monday’s council meeting.

Photo by Elaine Rackley Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton and City Councilwoman Latresa Akins of Ward Four laughed following Monday’s council meeting.

FOREST PARK — Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton returned from a leave of absence to lead Monday’s city council meeting.

“I am thankful that I could come and serve one more time,” said Deyton, who has announced her resignation effective Oct. 15. “I will be 76 years old on my next birthday. If they need me, I might be back for another meeting.”

Deyton recently came under fire regarding ethics complaints, which were reviewed by city attorneys and deemed invalid. Forest Park city attorneys Robert L. Mack Jr. and Joe M. Harris recommended to the Forest Park Board of Ethics that ethics complaints filed by Kimberly James be dismissed.

Forest Park City Manager John Parker said Deyton conducted Monday’s meeting as a mayor should.

“Mayor Deyton wanted to talk to the people in person and explain that she appreciated the honor of serving them and all the citizens of Forest Park both as a council member and as mayor,” said Parker. “She wanted to thank them in person for the privilege of having that honor.”

City Councilwoman Latresa Akins of Ward Four said the mayor has done an outstanding job supervising council meetings.

“It was good to see her here tonight,” Akins said. “I hate to see her leave, she said 17 years has been long enough. I told her, no, it hasn’t been long enough because I haven’t had enough time to work with you.”

Akins, who took office in January, said she did not like that ethics complaints were filed against Deyton.

“I hate these allegations that people are speaking against her,” she said. “In the little time that I have had the pleasure to work with her, I have found out for myself she is a great mayor.”