Port Hueneme Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hensley is in trouble again. In a unanimous vote by the city council Monday, Hensley was publicly reprimanded and stripped of all official duties associated with his elected position. Next, the city plans to make someone else Mayor Pro Tem.
Hensley is under fire for a series of “troublesome remarks” about fellow government officials and a general attitude of hostility and impropriety. His behavior puts the city at increased risk of litigation, according to a city resolution.
Already, Hensley’s behavior has reportedly cost the city a popular deputy city manager. Carmen Nichols announced she was stepping down last week, in part because of Hensley’s conduct. That seems to have prompted the latest action against the councilman.
It isn’t the first time though. Hensley was stripped of his duties in 2015 for the same reason.
“The second time in two-and-a-half years is two times too many,” said Council member Sylvia Muñoz Schnopp.
Some are calling on the councilman to resign.
In a prepared statement, Hensley called the city’s resolution “a vindictive retaliatory action” meant to undermine his quest for openness and transparency.
Read more at the Ventura County Star.