According to a report by the Atlanta Black Star, the lawsuit alleges that Henyard’s actions “constitute a fraud upon the residents and taxpayers of the village” and points out that her blocking access to village accounts has hindered a clear understanding of the financial situation.
Among the reported expenses are nearly $4,000 on round-trip flights to Las Vegas, substantial restaurant bills, and significant investments in personal security, diverting officers from their duties in the small town with a population of around 20,600 residents.
Criticism has also been directed at Henyard for the installation of expensive self-promotional billboards across the village and the hiring of DJs for board meetings.
Brittney Norwood, expressing concerns about Dolton’s financial health, claims the village is currently $7 million in debt. She believes that without regulation on Henyard’s spending, bankruptcy is imminent.
The trustees are now relying on legal action to hold the mayor accountable.
“The court process is a lengthy process… But during that time period, they’re constantly spending,” Norwood explained.
“I think that the residents should know that she’s manipulative. So I want them to understand that we were fighting for what’s right. All we want is for her to provide transparency and for her to do what’s right by the community.”