Warren County’s public works superintendent was placed on paid administrative leave Monday, a day after his arrest on an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge in Glens Falls, officials said.
Jeffrey E. Tennyson, 45, of Queensbury, was charged with misdemeanor counts of DWI and aggravated DWI after he was stopped by Glens Falls Police officers who saw him drive into a curb on Broad Street at 2:23 a.m. Sunday, officials said.
His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.24 percent, triple the 0.08 percent threshold for DWI, police said.
Glens Falls Police officers Brad Murphy and Donnie Long stopped him after they saw him bump into a curb while driving with a headlight out, police said.
He was ticketed for refusing to take a breath test at the traffic stop and having a headlight out, according to Glens Falls Police. He later took a breath test at the Glens Falls Police station.
Tennyson was released to a sober third party, pending prosecution on Feb. 27 in Glens Falls City Court.
Bolton Supervisor Ronald Conover, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, said Tennyson was placed on administrative leave after county leaders became aware of the arrest. It was not clear whether Tennyson informed them or they learned otherwise.
“I can’t really comment any further,” he said.
Messages left on Tennyson’s cellphone and home phone were not returned Tuesday morning.
Assistant DPW Superintendent Kevin Hajos will oversee the department until further notice.
Tennyson was appointed DPW superintendent in 2010, replacing William Lamy when he retired. He is an engineer who served as an assistant superintendent with Lamy, and worked for the county since 2007.
He is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves who served a tour in Iraq. His salary for 2017 was $105,721.