A mayor of a town just south of Chicago has hired a man who spent 24 years in prison for kidnapping two young teenage girls as a code enforcement officer.
“On Sept. 20, village records show Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard hired 46-year-old Lavelle Redmond as a code enforcement officer — a job in which he goes into Dolton homes and businesses to inspect them and make sure they are up to code,” Fox 32 reported.
Redmond, a registered child sex offender, is listed on the Illinois State Police child sex offender registry. In 1991, he participated in a gang rape and beating in the Roseland area. “He and three other people kidnapped and sexually assaulted two girls, ages 13 and 14,” Fox 32 noted.
Henyard, a single mom who grew up in Dolton, was elected mayor overwhelmingly in April with 82% of the vote, ABC 7 reported. After being sworn in, she stated, “Dolton residents, I am reporting for duty. … I grew up with safe streets and I did not have any problems. It was a suburb. I want to bring that back to Dolton.”
Outraged female residents responded to the news of Redmond’s hiring with quotes such as these, according to Fox 32: “Crazy. I don’t know. He won’t get in my house though,” said one woman.
“I will be terrified to know now if he had come to my house to do a code inspection. I’ll be terrified,” said another woman.
Yet another woman told the outlet: “Oh my god. Don’t they supposed to do background checks before they allow these people to in these kind of positions?”