Monticello Village Manager fired during heated board meeting
A big shakeup in Monticello leads to the firing of a top village official. YNN’s Venise Toussaint has the details.
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MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- In a heated emergency meeting, Monticello village board members, including Mayor Gordon Jenkins, fired village manager John LeGreci.
“You’re not allowed to come in this building anymore, you’re fired,” shouted Village Trustee, Carmen Rue.
The hasty meeting lasted a mere two minutes, with the mayor storming out afterward refusing to comment on his decision.
Village Trustee Carmen Rue says the firing comes after a series of feuds between LeGreci and Mayor Jenkins. Rue says appointments and important decisions were made by LeGreci without the board's consent.
“My obligation is to the people to make sure the village is run right,” Rue said.
"I believe we’ve done a good job the last two or three years. Unfortunately, I think Mayor Jenkins has other motives to fire,” said LeGreci.
A memo sent to village officials by the treasurer in May details a high interest loan agreement signed by Legreci without her or the board’s knowledge.
According to the treasurer, the purchase violated state bidding requirements and was not in the village’s budget. LeGreci maintains, his actions were justified and within the boundaries of his position.
“I’m the CEO of the operation and I have the right to do judgment wise what I think is best for the tax payers, however the retaliation is if they don’t like what the manager is doing, just like the managers prior and prior to me, they fire the manager,” LeGreci said.
Mayor Jenkins now assumes the role of village manager until the position is filled.