Former Ocean Gate Mayor Kennedy pleads guilty to official misconduct

Former Ocean Gate Mayor Paul Kennedy pleaded guilty to official misconduct on Friday.
According to Ocean County prosecutors, “The investigation revealed that Kennedy, in his capacity as Mayor of the Borough of Ocean Gate, failed to turn over proceeds from the sale of borough assets – sold by way of the government auction website – and instead took possession of those proceeds for his own personal benefit. Investigation further revealed that Kennedy failed to deposit borough parking meter funds in the borough’s bank account, and that he sold borough office furniture through a private Facebook Marketplace account, attempting to keep the proceeds for his personal benefit.”
Kennedy was charged with official misconduct and theft and surrendered himself to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office in March.
The state says it will be seeking a three-year prison term when he is sentenced.