Alderman Jeremie Konegni resigns

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

A Black Mountain alderman has resigned after pleading guilty to charges relating to his arrest in May.

Jeremie Konegni tendered his resignation on Aug. 6, according to a press release from the town. 

"Alderman Jeremie Konegni has resigned his seat as alderman in the Town of Black Mountain effective immediately," the statement, signed by mayor Don Collins read. "We appreciate Mr. Konegni's service and contributions to the town and board of aldermen."

Konegni was arrested on May 13 after Black Mountain police received reports of a domestic disturbance at his residence around 2:30 a.m. Officers "determined an assault had occurred," the department said in a statement issued shortly after the incident and Konegni was booked into the Buncombe County Detention Center. 

The misdemeanor case was initially continued to June 27 and then to Aug. 1, when Konegni plead guilty to the charge. 

Konegni has not commented publicly about the incident since his arrest, and missed the May 14 board of aldermen meeting. He did, however, attend the June meeting when the board instructed town attorney Ron Sneed to open an investigation into censure proceedings. 

The matter was on the July agenda and removed when the case was continued the second time. It was placed on the August agenda prior to Konegni's resignation. 

Konegni won the seat in last November's election with 791 votes.