A New Jersey mayor has apologized for taking off his pants and passing out on a bed belonging to one of his employees at a party held in January.
Mahwah mayor John Roth apologized during a Wednesday night Township Council meeting for his actions that evening.
‘There are no words that are adequate to express an appropriate apology. I feel nothing but regret, remorse and sincere sorrow,’ he said, according to NorthJersey.com.
A resolution was passed later in the evening, reprimanding the mayor for ‘inappropriate and unbecoming conduct.’ Many at the meeting demanded that Roth resign.
The 71-year-old confirmed that he had been drunk during the January 10 party at the employee’s home. Roth passed out on the employee’s bed with his pants off and was so inebriated that his wife was called so that she could take him home.
The incident was reported to the human resource team, confirmed Township Attorney Brian Campion.
Roughly 20 to 25 employees who had been present at the party were interviewed by labor attorney Raymond Wiss.
Roth also acknowledged that he had rear-ended another car while exiting the Mahwah Bar & Grill parking lot, failing to report the incident when it took place on November 6, 2018.
Police only learned of his identity after reviewing security videos from the restaurant.
Roth shared that he had not realized that he hit the car until police informed him. He said he settled with the owner to repair ‘minor damages.’ The mayor would not reveal whether he had been drinking on the day.
A career politician, Roth has held several elected offices. He was on the city’s board of education from 1999 to 2002. Roth also served on the council for 12 years, serving four terms as council president and two as vice president.
If Roth resigns, the council will be able to appoint any resident as mayor as Mahwah is nonpartisan.
It does not have to be a council person, Campion explained to NJ.com.