The word spread fast throughout East St. Louis about the special council meeting to fire the newly elected city manager and replace her with ex-mayor Alvin Parks. Hundreds of citizens gathered in the council chambers chanting vocally to the council “no Alvin Parks.” Although citizens’ comments are not allowed at special council meetings, an elderly gentleman on a walker walked up to Councilman Robert Eastern III for a personal plea.
The outcry from citizens was meaningless to Councilmen Roy Mosley Sr. and Eastern, and Councilwoman Latoya Greenwood. The decision was so embedded in their minds that each sat unnerved and stone-faced, waiting to vote “yes” to hire Parks as the city manager. Parks stood among the citizens with his signature grin. There is no way in heaven with such a public outcry from citizens that the appointment would have gone through if the citizens truly elect their city officials.
Councilman Eastern is up for re-election in 2016. He is the owner of the BP service station in Washington Park and received approval to receive TIF money from Washington Park taxpayers. Councilman Mosley’s son was replaced as the public works director. Councilwoman Greenwood is publicly known for an incident with a male friend at Best Buy.
Citizens need to attend council meetings and call the council chambers for their name to be placed on the agenda with their concerns in support of Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks, because citizens deserve more.
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