Posted on February 18, 2024

‘Super Mayor’ Tiffany Henyard’s ‘Unbearable’ Spending Out of Control

Steven Vago and Alex Oliveira, New York Post, February 15, 2024

Self-styled Illinois “super mayor” Tiffany Henyard has spent gobs of cash from her debt-ridden small town’s coffers — burning thousands on unapproved ice rinks, constant parties and luxurious travel, and upwards of million dollars on pay for local cops serving as her personal security detail.

Tiffany Henyard

Tiffany Henyard

“The spending has become unbearable for the residents. It’s parties and a lot of events. It’s resources in reference to making it look like something is being done, but we really can’t afford it,” said Dolton, Illinois, trustee, Kiana Belcher.

Mayor Henyard, a failed burger joint boss, has come under fire in recent months for her outlandish antics and questionable spending — including hiring a DJ to punctuate her points during government meetings, and co-opting cops to dance in her music videos — which have left residents and local leadership alike outraged.

“A million dollars of overtime for the police department is absurd. {snip}” Belcher added.

A small village of about 20,000 people just south of Chicago, Dolton now fnds itself drowning under $5 million in debt {snip}

She explained how her inaguration party cost $15,000 which Henyard initially said her campaign would pay for, but instead charged to the village.

“If there is a party, she’s going to make it happen,” Belcher said, pointing out a Valentine’s Day party that was held at the town’s ice rink on Wednesday night.

The rink was built in the fall of 2022 when Henyard allegedly went over the heads of the village board and ordered it to be built on public land at a cost of $115,000, putting down a $10,000 deposit.

When the board found out they halted the rest of the rink payments, so Henyard went around them again and ordered a rink from a separate company which successfully installed it.


{snip} Henyard organized a 10-day walk and bike ride across the state to Springfield in the name of her foundation, but charged most of the trip to the Dolton credit card.

In total, the trip cost about $11,000 in hotels, restaurants, photographers, DJs, and supplies {snip}


Trips to Atlanta, Austine, and New York City — on which she frequently flew first class and stayed in ritzy hotels like the Four Seasons — taken during Henyard’s term ran the city over $67,000 {snip}


Henyard’s spending has gotten so bad trustees have sued her, accusing her of forging checks and withholding financial records.

The mayor admonished the trustees over the suit in a fiery townhall last week and accused them of attacking her for being black — even as many of them are black themselves.

“You all should be ashamed of yourselves because you all are black. You all are black,” Henyard said at the meeting. “And you all [are] sitting up here beating and attacking a black woman that’s in power.”


In 2016, she was arrested and charged with criminal trespass to vehicles, according to Chicago Police records. {snip}