One year ago, life was pretty good for Worth’s Mary Werner.
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She experienced the elation of winning an election over an incumbent for mayor on April 9 and made history for being voted in as the first female mayor in the village. She was experiencing the excitement and anticipation of officially taking over and being sworn in on May 6.
Fast forward to today.
Werner is in the middle of a red-hot controversy regarding last November’s death of teenager Brittany Wawrzyniak. On Tuesday Wawrzyniak’s family and friends verbally attacked her for the second village board meeting in a row.
Last year at this time, Werner was getting ready to raise her right hand and take an oath to be sworn in as mayor. On Tuesday night, Rebecca Tully, Wawryzniak’s mother, was reading the oath back to Werner and calling the mayor out for what Tully thinks is not living up to that oath. And there has been some swearing from Brittany supporters toward the mayor the past two meetings.
At question is the way the police and village have handled the situation since the day the teenager died after either jumping or being pushed out of a car. Wawryzniak’s family and friends maintain they were lied to and not treated with respect. They also want answers. Village and police officials said they would not share details of the case until the investigation is complete and that could be for another eight to 10 months, Werner said.