LaFaye Dellinger, the only mayor of Smiths Station, Ala., was released from East Alabama Medical Center Friday after she was treated for a heart problem.
“She did not have a heart attack,” City Clerk Jerry Bentley said today. “They were able to release her and they are going to do heart surgery on her on Thursday morning.”
Dellinger, 72, has served in the parttime position as mayor for 14 years in the town of nearly 5,000.
Bentley said the mayor may have a normal routine until the surgery as long as she isn't under any stress.
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“We got on the phone and people started paraying for her,” he said. “It is pretty serious.”
While the mayor is hospitalized later this week, Bentley said mayor pro-tem Morris Jackson would be next in line to lead the city.
In May, Ledger-Enquirer reporter Chuck Williams sat down with Dellinger for an extensive interview. When he asked the grandmother of 10 if she’d rather be a grandmother or a mayor, she replied, “Being a grandmother that is mayor. And that was fun too because I had two grandsons that lived here. When we would do anything concerning the city, if there was a gathering anywhere, they were right at my elbow. So, they learned a lot about the formation of the city.”