December 21, 2014

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Gloria Glens Park Village Council president guilty of drunken driving

Patrick M. Kennedy, president of the Gloria Glens Park Village Council, has been convicted of his third drunken driving charge.

Kennedy, 45, of Demi Dune Drive, was found guilty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to control a vehicle at an Aug. 26 trial. Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase decided the case because Kennedy waived a jury trial.

He was arrested for drunken driving on Dec. 13.

Kennedy’s charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in the county jail. He’s is set for sentencing on Nov. 10.

Medina Assistant Law Director Matt Lanier said Kennedy previously was convicted of drunken driving in Wadsworth Municipal Court in 2000 and in Brooklyn Heights Mayor’s Court in 1993.

In addition to serving on Village Council, Kennedy works full time for the Medina County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher for $21.73 per hour, according to Medina County Auditor’s Office records. Kennedy was hired in July 2001.

Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Baca said Kennedy has remained on staff throughout the case, and explained that disciplinary action may be pursued after Kennedy’s sentencing. Baca said Sheriff’s Office employees may be put on administrative leave if they are charged with felonies, but usually remain at work if charged with misdemeanors.

Kennedy and his attorney, Eugene Elias, did not return calls for comment.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.