Warren County Public Works Superintendent Jeffrey Tennyson, who was suspended after he was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated earlier this year, has resigned from his job, county officials said Friday.
The county Board of Supervisors on Friday approved a “settlement agreement” with Tennyson, but supervisors would not comment on what the agreement entails or whether he will receive any compensation as part of it. He submitted a resignation letter, but county officials did not release it Friday.
Tennyson, 45, is an engineer who had been the county’s DPW superintendent since 2010 and had worked for the county since 2007. He was suspended Jan. 29, the day after his arrest.
Kevin Geraghty, the county’s acting administrator and Warrensburg supervisor, said the board will vote to formally accept Tennyson’s resignation at its meeting in April.
A source familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Tennyson initially sought tens of thousands of dollars in compensation for unused leave time he believed was due.
The settlement with Tennyson was reached Friday, but the written agreement did not name the person involved. That did not sit well with at least one observer at the county Board of Supervisors meeting on Friday — Queensbury resident Travis Whitehead, who questioned the county’s practice of keeping settlements secret.
He pointed to two settlements voted on Friday, one with the unnamed employee The Post-Star learned was Tennyson and the other relating to a lawsuit with Magic Forest amusement park owner Jack Gillette. The county board has not disclosed how much Gillette will be paid, although The Post-Star learned the agreement was for $150,000.
Whitehead said supervisors were given little notice about the issue, as the resolution was added to the agenda shortly before the meeting Friday, and the public has no ability to weigh in on it.
“This gets dumped on the schedule this morning, we have no idea who you’re talking about or how much,” Whitehead said.
Tennyson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI earlier this month.
He had been charged with aggravated DWI based on a blood alcohol content that was 0.24 percent, triple the 0.08 percent threshold for intoxication. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, which requires him to remain arrest-free and complete certain requirements, was fined $500 and ordered to pay $395 in state surcharges. He also faces a mandatory driver’s license suspension, but could be granted a license to drive to and from work.
Neither he nor his lawyer, Peter Moschetti, have returned repeated phone calls about the matter.