Rennee Crofoot, who has been Barrington Town Justice since 2014, has resigned after being notified of a New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigation into a complaint filed against her.
Legal documents provided by the Commission state that the commission was investigating a complaint that she improperly interjected herself in a pending custody proceeding by criticizing one of the parties in an email to the court. In that email she identified herself as a judge, “lending the prestige of judicial office to advance a private interest,” according to the documents released last week. She vacated the judicial office Oct. 3, and she promises to not seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. Her resignation effectively ends the investigation, pending final commission agreement, but it could be revived if she seeks to hold a judicial position in the future.
“This job has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth. I will assist in any way possible, pending Office of Court Administration’s approval, during this transition and your search for a new judge,” she wrote in her resignation letter to Barrington Town Clerk Joy Perry.
Crofoot’s current term expires Dec. 31, 2021. The Barrington Town Board is seeking applicants for an appointment to complete the unexpired term.