Mayor Tom Henry gets $100 ticket for expired license plate

This expired temporary license plate on Mayor Tom Henry's city-owned car resulted in a $100 fine Monday. (File photo by Kevin Leininger of The

Mayor Tom Henry got his permanent license plate Monday, but not before his city-owned Buick was ticketed — two days after The News-Sentinel reported he had been driving with a temporary license plate that expired Dec. 24.

City Clerk Lana Keesling confirmed that Henry’s 2018 LaCrosse was ticketed in the Citizens Square parking lot, resulting in a $100 fine that was not paid as of Monday evening. City spokesman John Perlich last week told The News-Sentinel the city paid for a permanent license not long after the car was purchased last Nov. 9.

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State Bureau of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Christine Meyer said at the time most plates are delivered within 14 days of payment. The cause of the delay was unclear, but Meyer said a State Police review of Henry’s official plate may have prolonged the process.

Meyer also said the BMV recommends drivers apply for a free extension of their temporary plates if a permanent license is not received in time.