Lawsuit to Remove Clarendon Mayor

Lawsuit to Remove Clarendon Mayor

Three Former Alderman want Larry Hicks Removed from Office
CLARENDON -- The drama continues for Clarendon's city government.

        Mayor Larry Hicks is being sued by three former city Aldermen.
        They claim Hicks abused his power and now they want him removed from office.

        The lawsuit comes four months after the three plaintiffs resigned their positions on the board, leaving Mayor Hicks and the remaining Alderman without enough members to conduct city business.

        The suit alleges among other things that Hicks threatened to arrest former Alderman Jesus Hernandez at his place of business if he failed to show up at a September board meeting.

        Court documents indicate Hernandez still had voting power on the board despite resigning in June.

        Hicks is also accused of taking action on several issues without board approval:

              In may of last year, Hicks allegedly used public funds to bury a water tank in the city.

              A month later, the plaintiffs claim Hicks spent $10,000 to remodel city hall, though the city secretary says it was used to make the building ADA compliant.

             Hicks is also accused of unilaterally giving $1/hour raises to certain city employees.

             He allegedly hired a public funds officer and emergency management coordinator.

        The plaintiffs are seeking Hicks' removal from office, court costs and attorney fees as well as any other relief they may be entitled to.

        None of the plaintiffs would comment and their attorney could not be reached.

        Mayor Hicks did not return our calls.

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