Sauk Village hires CC Hills ex-official
By Casey Toner firstname.lastname@example.org November 10, 2011 9:46PM
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:00AM
The former Country Club Hills city manager who was laid off this summer after engaging in questionable spending with a city credit card has taken a job in Sauk Village.
The village board tapped Henrietta Turner to be village manager Nov. 8, and she began working the following day.
Turner charged more than $30,000 in restaurant expenses to her city-issued American Express card during 2010 while city manager, according to a SouthtownStar report. She is suing the city along with five other laid-off employees and one employee who took a pay cut, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation by aldermen.
Two gay Country Club Hills employees also filed complaints with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, contending that Turner and Mayor Dwight Welch harassed them because of their sexual orientation, race and age.
Sauk Village Mayor Lewis Towers said he was unaware of the lawsuits involving Turner or the controversy over her credit-card spending.
“I looked at her resume, and it was comfortable for what we were looking for,” Towers said. “I know some of the things, especially economic development, she brought to Country Club Hills.”
Sauk Village Trustee Robert Chavez, who voted against hiring Turner, said she was only interviewed once prior to being hired and was among six candidates who were interviewed.
“The way she was trying to flatter me turned me off,” Chavez said, adding that he had not read news reports concerning Turner. “I thought it was very over-complimentary, like, ‘Ah, you are trying to hide something from me.’ ”
Turner did not respond to multiple messages left by the SouthtownStar.