Following arrest, Massena mayor will take leave of absence to 'seek professional treatment'
MASSENA -- Mayor Tim Currier says he is taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office and is seeking professional treatment.
The announcement follows his arrest Tuesday for crack cocaine posession, tampering with evidence and failure to comply with a police officer. View earlier story for more details.Currier, the village's former police chief, released a statement where he apologizes for “poor decisions that unfortunately led me down a path resulting in my arrest on Tuesday, Dec. 1.”
Deputy Mayor Matt Lebire will fill in as acting mayor in the interim.
Here is Currier’s complete statement:
“Some time ago, I made some poor decisions that unfortunately led me down a path resulting in my arrest on Tuesday, December 1st. I cannot express how embarrassed and disappointed in myself and for my family and friends.
I want to apologize to my family and friends who continue to show me unconditional love during these difficult times.
Please remember that the Village of Massena employees and staff do incredible work for this community each and every day. My poor decisions should not reflect negatively upon them in any way.
I have spent 32 years in public service working for the citizens of Massena and the North Country. I have always appreciated their trust and support. I hope and pray that I will have an opportunity to regain that trust.
This morning I informed Deputy Mayor Matt LeBire and Village Administrator Monique Chatland that I will be taking a leave of absence from my position as Village of Massena Mayor, so I can seek professional treatment. Deputy Mayor LeBire will serve as acting Mayor in my absence.
I ask that you respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”