Jenkins at recent village board meeting
MONTICELLO – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has
ruled that Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins should be removed from office.
A hearing office issued that same decision recommending his removal.
The appellate court’s decision, dated April 2, ordered Jenkins removed
from the public office of mayor.
Jenkins, meanwhile, had not talked with his attorney as of Thursday afternoon
and said he did not know if the decision could be appealed or he he must
clean out his office immediately.
The court noted that a public officer may be removed for “unscrupulous
conduct or gross dereliction of duty or conduct… that connotes a
pattern of misconduct and abuse of authority.”
Jenkins’ acts of misconduct taken together “rise to the level
of unscrupulous conduct or gross dereliction of duty or conduct…”
the court ruled.