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Sumter Resigns From County College Board

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PATERSON, NJ – Kenneth Sumter has resigned from his non-paid position as a member of the Board of Trustees at Passaic County Community College.

“The reason for my abrupt resignation is both professional, and personal conflicts that may arise as a board of trustee member,’’ said Sumter in his November 11 resignation letter.

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Sumter, who was chairman of the board, could not be reached for comment. His letter didn’t go into any more detail on the potential conflicts. His resignation was submitted three days after his wife, Shavonda Sumter, won election to the New Jersey Assembly in the 35th District.

Two months earlier, Sumter resigned from his position as Mayor Jeffrey Jones’s $45,000 Technology Director. In that instance, Sumter cited the negative publicity involved with his receiving overtime for flood relief work.

Sumter had become a lightning rod for controversy last winter over the fact that he was simultaneously holding full-time jobs with the city and school district, where he worked as a technology teacher at Eastside High.

Sumter has been on the college board of trustees for 13 years. “I have learned the power of collaboration, dedicated leadership and the love of people while serving on this distinguished board,’’ he said in his resignation letter.

Sumter remains a teacher at Eastside, officials said.

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