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Embattled Chocowinity town commissioner Curtis Jenkins resigns

CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) - Chocowinity Town Commissioner Curtis Jenkins has resigned.

The town's interim attorney said Jenkins turned in his letter of resignation Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Chocowinity Mayor James Mobley said the town has two options following Jenkin’s resignation.

“We can appoint a citizen to finish out his term, which will be a year and a half,” said Mobley. “The other option is the town can operate with three members." 

The board’s next meeting is July 3 at 7 p.m. If they decide to appoint a replacement, the replacement will need to be a registered voter who lives in the town. 

For residents like Darlyne Rosario, Jenkin’s resignation comes as a relief.

“He finally did do the right thing,” Rosario said.

She grew up in the community, but she said she did not go to many town meetings in the past.

When she learned one of her elected officials was facing charges, she made her voice heard.

"I asked for his resignation last Tuesday, at the last meeting, and he refused,” Rosario said. “He stated that he felt like it would make him look guilty. "I told him, ‘No,’ I said because you would be doing the right thing, the honorable thing, to do."

In the future, Rosario said she hopes the next commissioner is dedicated to making Chocowinity a better place. 

"We need to move on, and we need a commissioner that will be concentrating more on the town,” Rosario said. 

Jenkins turned himself in on a felony stalking charge last Friday. 

Beaufort County deputies initially tried to arrested Jenkins last Thursday evening in connection to the felony stalking charge. That charge stemmed from an incident in Pitt County.

When Jenkins saw the deputies, he ran into the woods, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were unable to find him, and they were granted a warrant charging Jenkins with resisting an officer.

He turned himself in to the Beaufort County Magistrate's Office around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Prior to turning himself in, Jenkins' bond on all pending district court cases in Beaufort was revoked. 

He has been ordered held without bound until further orders from the court. 

Last month, Jenkins was jailed under a $500,000 bond for charges of assault by strangulation and second-degree kidnapping.

He's also previously faced charges for violating his conditions of release in a previous assault case.

Jenkins turned himself in on those charges last month.

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A Chocowinity town commissioner who had warrants out for his arrest and who has previously been charged twice with felony assault turned himself in Monday.

John "Curtis" Jenkins is being charged with assault by strangulation and second-degree kidnapping.

The Beuafort County Sheriff's Office said Jenkins turned himself in to the Beaufort County Magistrate's Office around 9:30 a.m.

He was also served an order for arrest from Pitt County for violating his conditions of release in a previous assault case.

Jenkins had previously been charged with felony assault in Pitt County and Beaufort County.

Jenkins was taken before a Beaufort County District Court Judge where he was ordered held on a $450,000 secured bond for charges in Beaufort County.  

His bond for the violation in Pitt County was set at $50.000 secured.  

 

 


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