Wright City employee abruptly resigns at board of aldermen meeting

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 6/2/23

The employee announced his resignation to the board from the lectern in the council chamber.

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Wright City employee abruptly resigns at board of aldermen meeting


A Wright City employee abruptly quit during the board of aldermen meeting on May 25.

The now-former Sports Director Eric Burton approached the lectern while the parks department was giving its report to the aldermen.

“We’ve got a couple questions on the new park. When is the grant gonna go in effect for that?” he asked the board.

“We have the contract, we just received the contract to sign,” Wright City Mayor Michelle Heiliger responded. “So once we sign the contract and send it back, I don’t know the timeframe for funding.”

Burton followed up with another question.

“And then what about the $30,000 that we have for the bathrooms? Because I’m getting tied hearing about that, too” he said.

“What about it?” Heiliger asked.

“We’ve had $30,000 allocated for both bathrooms for both parks I’ve heard for like four or five years. Can the city supplement that so we can start getting the bathrooms worked on?” Burton responded.

“When we had the last meeting with the parks and the park board, we agreed that we were going to do that this summer,” Heiliger said.

“This summer?” Burton asked.

“Yeah. We said it’s going to be, didn’t we? We talked about that was the first thing on the list,” the mayor said.

That’s when Burton abruptly announced his resignation.

“Last thing I got. It’s 7:15 if Kyle could clock me out. Today’s my last day. I’m resigning,” Burton said as he handed his keys to the director of city services, Kyle Roettger, then walked out of the room.

Alderwoman Kerry Owens said in a later interview that the city had expected Burton’s resignation, but did not expect him to resign in such a public way.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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