September 23, 2023
Going through stalking cost, Gordon St. Hilaire resigns from Williston Selectboard
Going through stalking cost, Gordon St. Hilaire resigns from Williston Selectboard
Williston Selectboard member Gordon St. Hilaire arrives at his arraignment in Chittenden County Superior prison courtroom in Burlington on Monday, December 1, 2022. File picture by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Gordon St. Hilaire has resigned from the Williston Selectboard, after pleading not responsible on Dec.1 to expenses that he stalked his ex-girlfriend and vandalized her automotive. 

St. Hilaire, who taught grades 5 and 6 at Camel’s Hump Center Faculty in Richmond, additionally resigned his instructing place on Dec. 2, John Alberghini, superintendent of the Mt. Mansfield Unified Union Faculty District, confirmed Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening, the Williston Selectboard determined that St. Hilaire’s seat on the five-member board will stay vacant till City Assembly Day in March, based on its chair, Terry Macaig.

“It’s so near election time and it will take us till — a minimum of till — the center of or late January to nominate a brand new particular person,” he mentioned. “So we determined final evening to not appoint anyone however we’ll watch for the election to occur.” On condition that the board wants three votes to take motion, Macaig mentioned he doesn’t foresee any points conducting enterprise with 4 members within the interim.

St. Hilaire, 49, is accused of letting the air out of his ex-girlfriend’s tires six occasions at her office, starting in October. The lady reported him to the police. He pleaded not responsible to expenses of stalking and illegal mischief. 

He additionally allegedly requested a Williston police sergeant to search for a license plate belonging to a person he thought was seeing his ex-girlfriend, however the sergeant denied the request, based on a police affidavit. St. Hilaire will not be dealing with expenses for that incident.

St. Hilaire, who first ran for the city’s selectboard unopposed in 2019, didn’t instantly reply to a name nor an electronic mail requesting remark. His three-year time period would have run till 2024.

Macaig learn St. Hilaire’s temporary resignation letter at a Dec. 13 selectboard assembly. “I think about my service to the City of Williston an honor and have loved my time on the board,” St. Hilaire wrote within the letter. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Williston group.”

Macaig had beforehand advised VTDigger he noticed no purpose for St. Hilaire to resign, saying, “He is harmless till confirmed responsible.” 

As a part of the court-imposed situations for his launch, St. Hilaire should keep away from contact with the alleged sufferer and her office.

If convicted for the cost of stalking, he may face a most penalty of two years in jail and/or a most effective of $5,000. For the cost of illegal mischief, he may, if convicted, face a most penalty of a 12 months in jail and/or a most effective of $1,000, based on courtroom paperwork.

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