Friday, November 15, 2019

Waterford admin alleges town officials 'drunk at meetings' in 'unacceptable' Facebook comment

From The Journal

WATERFORD — Village Administrator Zeke Jackson, in a since-deleted Facebook comment posted to a public group, accused two Town of Waterford Board members of going to “meetings to conduct public business while intoxicated,” screen captures of the comment show.
At least one of the Town Board members is now considering bringing a slander or defamation lawsuit against Jackson and is calling on the Village Board to fire him. Village trustees are also discussing options on how to respond to Jackson’s behavior.
Zeke Jackson color photo
The Journal Times received screenshots of the comments Wednesday evening in an anonymous email, hours after publishing a story detailing a memo Jackson sent to village trustees in which he called the town government “a form of Totalitarian Dictatorship” and referred to the village government as the “good guys.” The allegations and memo come as village officials have given up on trying to salvage the village’s fire and emergency medical service contract with the town.
Jackson’s comment reads, in part: “(Town Chairman) Tom Hincz is a liar. And a drunk…and he shows up to meetings drunk. I’ve been beside him when he is drunk at meetings. … (Town Supervisor) Nick Draskovich showed up, and spoke, at our village board meeting absolutely drunk a few weeks ago. Many witnesses.”
Jackson, when informed The Journal Times had been sent the screenshots of his comment, did not deny posting the comment. He changed the subject and spoke for several minutes about his fiery memo before hanging up.

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