Mayor Pro-Tem Sparkle Adams will serve in that capacity through the end of Deyton’s term in December of next year.
In a letter announcing her retirement, which Adams read to the city council at last Tuesday’s council meeting, Deyton said mounting stress in her life, especially with the sudden death earlier this year of her best friend and companion, Doyal Barnett, and the passing last November of Council Donald Judson, had taken a toll on her health.
“My health is not where I would like it to be,” she said in the letter. “I need to be in complete health so as to continue my effectiveness as your mayor.”
She added that after discussing her situation with her family and close friends, “I must retire as mayor of Forest Park.”
According to Adams, the council accepted the mayor’s retirement announcement “with sadness and trepidation.”
“We are more than just co-workers for Forest Park, we consider ourselves family,” Adams said. “We all have a great working relationship and, when one hurts, we all hurt.”
Referencing the deaths of Barnett and Judson, Adams said that the added stress on Deyton “has been an understatement.”
“We understand her position and know that only she and her family are the only ones who can make that decision,” she said, referring to the mayor's decision to retire.
Deyton, who was elected as the city’s chief executive in January of 2006, said in her retirement announcement that serving the residents of Forest Park has been one of the greatest pleasures of her life.
She added that, since her election, it had always been her primary goal to put Forest Park and its citizens first in decisions she has made.
“Since I was elected as your mayor several years ago, much has been accomplished,” Deyton said.
“Further, we need to see many of these projects through, such as the revitalization of Main Street and the redevelopment of Fort Gillem with continued integrity, honesty and professionalism.”
Deyton added that it was her intention to continue to serve Forest Park to the best of her ability.
“Having lived her for more than 51 years, this city is my home and it means a great deal to me to see our city thrive,” she said, concluding her letter by saying the city would remain in her thoughts and prayers.
“I would humbly ask that I remain in yours,” she added.
Adams concluded that Deyton has served Forest Park in a grand manner.
“She would want us to continue doing great things in the city of Forest Park, and we will,” Adams said.