Turmoil erupts in Jennings City Council meeting

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JENNINGS, MO (KTVI) – One Jennings City Council member broke down in tears Monday night.  She appeared frustrated over a divide between Mayor Yolanda Fountain-Henderson and some member of the council.  Some citizens expressed frustration during the public comment session of Monday’s meeting.

The mayor tried to announce an executive order to form an investigative committee into 2 council members.  The announcement was interrupted by the city attorney.  She said Missouri law does not allow for what the mayor was attempting to announce.

Fountain-Henderson is accusing two council members of health insurance fraud.  She claims they pretended to be full-time employees in order to purchase discounted health insurance through the city.  The 2 council members deny those allegations.

One of the council members, Rodney Epps, introduced a resolution to begin impeachment hearings against the Fountain-Henderson.  The council voted 5-3 in favor of the motion.

The mayor told us she remains hopeful she can work with the council.  Some citizens have started a recall effort, but Fountain-Henderson called the move disappointing.

“They elected me to do the best interest of the city, and I’m doing just that.”

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