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‘Tough decision’: City of East St. Louis lays off more employees

Just a few days after the East St. Louis City Council voted to fire City Manager Alvin Parks, the city notified several other employees that their tour of duty at City Hall has ended.

Among them were Public Works Director Roy Mosley; Sabrina Matthews, an administrative assistant; Sherwin Haywood, a part-time janitor, James Tyus, a purchasing manager; and Kenneth “Bug” Watts, an employee with the public works department.

Edith Moore, the newly appointed city manager, said the latest job separations are due to budgetary concerns. The city is facing a budget deficit of $5.7 million. Her first act as city manager came just one day after she was appointed. She said she moved so swiftly because she already knew what needed to be done.

“I have been around a long time. I know what needs to be done and I am working on it. We are totally trying to avoid bankruptcy. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made,” Moore said.

Without question, more people will be let go, she said. She declined to say in which areas.

Moore said Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks has a vision for the city that she wants to bring about.

“I supported her in the election,” Moore said. “I want to see her have the chance to implement her vision.”

I have been around a long time. I know what needs to be done and I am working on it. We are totally trying to avoid bankruptcy. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made.

Edith Moore, the newly appointed East St. Louis city manager

City Councilwoman June Hamilton Dean said, “Personnel moves are necessary as we move forward with our goal of providing good government for the citizens of East St. Louis. We face very tough times ahead, but I have faith in the mayor’s direction and vision.”

Asked how much money these latest terminations is saving the city, Moore said she didn’t have an exact dollar amount available. Parks’ salary was set at $100,000 annually.

Hamilton Dean said restoring integrity in East St. Louis is paramount.

“We will restore integrity in our beloved city,” she said.

Roy Mosley, Sr. did not return calls seeking comments on the firing of his son. None of the individuals who were fired could be reached for comment.

Jackson Hicks has long said the city’s government needed to be streamlined. The city council recently voted unanimously to terminate Parks as city manager.

Mosley, Sr. is a staunch Parks supporter. His son, Roy Mosley, Jr. was chosen by Parks to head the city’s Public Works Department and was being paid $75,000.

Jackson Hicks took him out of the director’s job in July, and he was placed in another position that city officials said fit his skill set. His background is in pharmaceutical sales. When Parks was brought back in August, he returned Mosley, Jr. to the director’s job.

Jackson-Hicks said: “The city has to operate efficiently and effectively.”

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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