Members of the Forest Park City Council share a laugh during a meeting Friday.
FOREST PARK — Forest Park city council members said outgoing Mayor Corine Deyton’s recent announcement to retire had nothing to do with an ethics complaint filed against her.
Forest Park Mayor Pro-Tem Sparkle Adams said it hurt her when she found out Deyton was retiring from office.
“We accepted Mayor Deyton’s retirement with the same grace and dignity she put forth,” Adams said. “Mayor Deyton’s decision to retire had nothing to do with the ethics complaint filed against her. She served the city well for more than 15 years and we will truly miss her. The ethics complaint is currently under investigation by the city attorney.”
Adams said the city council members have become like a family.
“When one hurts we all hurt,” Adams added. “It is like losing a member of your family. I will miss seeing her smiling face. She always had the city’s interest in the forefront of everything she did.”
Forest Park City Attorney Robert Mack, Parker and council members declined giving details about the ethics complaint.
Councilwoman, Linda Lord said the city council members work together “to speak as one voice.”
“We are saddened to see her go,” she said. “It is with mixed emotions that we accepted her retirement, but she has made a decision she felt was in the best interest of the city and herself and we respect that.”
The city council met for a special called meeting Friday morning. Council members Maudie McCord, Lord, Latresa Akins, and Adams along with city manager, John Parker and city attorney Robert Mack were on hand for the meeting.
Deyton, who is scheduled to leave office Oct. 15, did not attend the council meeting.
Adams said she wants the city council to continue working on projects to advance the city.
“I would like to see us continue with a good working relationship between the mayor, council and employees to move Forest Park forward. We want to continue to provide great service to our residents.”
Adams cited the completion of the Fort Gillem project. The city is working to transform the former military base and bring 1,500 to 2,000 “good-paying-jobs” to the city during the $750 million dollar development.
“We want people to look at Forest Park as an economic engine for the south metro area of Atlanta,” Adams added.
The mayor pro-tem said in 10 to 15 years the city’s $350 million dollar Main Street development should be completed.
“We are redeveloping Main Street, because we want a community where people can live, work and play within the confines of Forest Park,” she continued.