Statement from Mayor Gordon Jenkins
I spent more than three years serving our country before being honorably discharged from the Army and another 29 years as a corrections officer in our state. As noted, I have worked with many fine members of law enforcement of all races and respect police officers who properly perform their duties and applaud their commitment to our community. I also agree that name-calling is not the most constructive way to resolve serious issues of intolerance and bigotry. I regret that my words may distract some from the issues we all need to address: insuring that all people are treated with dignity, especially those cuffed to walls and powerless to stand up for themselves. I remain committed to serving our community and to continue our progress both in respecting the rights of others and helping all to actualize their potential.
In light of pending court proceedings, I will not comment further on these issues and hope to continue to serve Monticello.