Statement from Mayor Connie Sullivan, on behalf of the Board of Trustees:
After concluding an hours-long executive session on Monday, October 17, the Board of Trustees took formal action to reinstate the Town Administrator and Town Clerk, effective immediately. Additional steps will ensue to prepare a written plan of correction to address the action items identified during the Board’s review, and to ensure the Town has sufficient oversight of grant funded activities.
A more comprehensive summary of the situation that prompted the investigation will be forthcoming, along with details of the corresponding corrective actions. For now, the Board would like to offer their thanks to the citizens of Lyons for their support and understanding during this challenging time. We also want to recognize the professionalism exhibited by the Town staff throughout this process. Their cooperation facilitated a quick dismissal of questions regarding any malfeasance or misuse of federal funds.
Being investigated by the FBI and HUD (Housing and Urban Development) was not a pleasant experience, however it offered an unusual lens for identifying and assessing vulnerabilities in the Town’s processes. The Board is committed to ensuring corrective actions are implemented that result in long term improvements to Town operations.