On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced that John J. Nevers resigned from his position as Justice of the New Lebanon Town Court in Columbia County, New York while under investigation by the Commission.

According to a press release from the Commission, Judge Nevers was being investigated for various alleged misconduct involving inappropriate dismissal of a traffic ticket, failure to recuse himself from a case despite a conflict of interest, and delays in handling an eviction matter. It also came to light that Nevers had been unable to fulfill his judicial duties since late 2023 due to a medical issue.

Rather than face potential disciplinary charges from the Commission, Nevers chose to resign from his position on May 30, 2024. He also agreed to never seek or hold any judicial office in the future. The Commission accepted a signed stipulation between Nevers and Commission Administrator Robert Tembeckjian detailing the terms of the resignation.

Nevers, who has served as Justice of the New Lebanon Town Court since 1996, waived confidentiality protections so that information about the investigation and his resignation could be made public. His most recent term was set to expire at the end of 2027.

In his statement, Commission Administrator Tembeckjian said Nevers’ decision to permanently retire from the bench was an appropriate resolution given the Commission’s authority to discipline judges or force their retirement for medical reasons.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.