The former mayor of Ocean Gate will never hold a public-office job again.

Paul Kennedy, 68, was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison in connection with a pattern of official misconduct that resulted in charges being filed two different times in 2022, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

In his capacity as mayor of Ocean Gate, Kennedy sold borough assets using the auction website and took the proceeds for his own personal benefit. He also sold borough office furniture on Facebook Marketplace with the intention of keeping the proceeds for himself.

In addition, Kennedy stole parking meter funds that he was supposed to deposit into the borough's bank account.

In March 2022, Kennedy was charged with official misconduct and theft, and he surrendered himself to authorities.

Kennedy surrendered himself again in May 2022, after an investigation determined that he failed to turn over cash from the sale of scrap metal at the borough's recycling center. It was also found that Kennedy used donated campaign funds, for his re-election campaign and other races, for his personal benefit.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to the crimes in September.

Kennedy's prison sentence comes with two years of parole ineligibility. He is permanently disqualified from holding any future public office or employment.

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