On Thursday, December 15, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted the resignation of Dawn M. Keppler, a Justice of the Shelby Town Court, an Associate Justice of the Ridgeway Town Court, and an Associate Justice of the Yates Town Court, Orleans County. Prior to his resignation, Judge Keppler was being investigated by the Commission for making inappropriate posts on Facebook.

In April 2022, the Commission informed Judge Keppler that it was looking into a complaint alleging that she had unfairly promoted divisive and offensive information on Facebook and had improperly used her judicial office’s reputation to further the personal interests of others.

Judge Keppler submitted her resignations from the seats of Shelby Town Justice, Ridgeway Associate Justice, and Yates Associate Justice in three separate letters, all dated November 21, 2022. Judge Keppler affirmed her intention to leave all three of the court’s positions by December 2, 2022. The judge agreed never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future.

The Commission accepted a stipulation to that effect signed by Judge Keppler, her attorney, and the Commission’s Administrator on December 15, 2022.

The order reads:

“The Commission having before it the Stipulation dated December 2, 2022; and Judge Keppler having tendered her resignations dated November 21, 2022, effective December 2, 2022, from her positions as Justice of the Shelby Town Court, Associate Justice of the Ridgeway Town Court and Associate Justice of the Yates Town Court; and having affirmed that after vacating her judicial offices, she will neither seek nor accept judicial office at any time in the future and having waived confidentiality as provided by Judiciary Law Section 45 to the extent that the Stipulation will become public upon being signed by the signatories and that the Commission’s Decision and Order with respect thereto will become public; now, therefore, it is DETERMINED, on the Commission’s own motion, that the Stipulation is accepted and that the pending matter is concluded, by the terms of the Stipulation, subject to being revived according to the terms of the Stipulation; and it is SO ORDERED.”

Judge Keppler, who is not an attorney, has been a Justice of the Shelby Town Court since January 1, 1999. She has been an Associate Justice of the Ridgeway Town Court since January 1, 2004, and an Associate Justice of the Yates Town Court since January 1, 2011. Her current terms as Justice of the Shelby Town Court, Associate Justice of the Ridgeway Town Court, and Associate Justice of the Yates Town Court, all expire on December 31, 2023.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.