TUPPER LAKE - Village Justice Michael DeMars is resigning as of the end of the month.
DeMars submitted a letter to the village board dated Nov. 19, saying he must resign "due to conflicts which will arise" because he has accepted a new position with the state.
Mayor Paul Maroun said at Monday's village board meeting, when the village accepted DeMars' resignation, that the judge took a job as an investigator with the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.
"He cannot do both," Maroun said. "It's a conflict of interest in state law."
DeMars was re-elected last year to a four-year term, so there are three years left. Village Clerk Mary Casagrain said the position will likely be put up for election next November for the remaining two years on the term.
In the meantime, Maroun said Leonard Young III, a justice for the town and an acting one for the village, might be able to cover all the village court duties.
"We are looking into the legalities of different options right at this minute," Maroun said.
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