Since Belleville’s Chief of Police Bill Clay is good at doing a hatchet job on an elected official, claiming people in his own department and City Hall are liars regarding his role in removing the American flag from Belleville police uniforms. This, it seems, would be an appropriate time to hold school and teach Chief Bill Clay about the U.S. Government Hatch Act.
While it is generally believed it only prohibits federal government employees from participating in partisan politics, this is false. The Hatch Act also covers state and municipal governments receiving federal funds, grants and any other financial assistance. The act additionally applies to schools and even non-profit organizations receiving federal funds.
Since the City of Belleville and, in particular, the police department have received federal money, Chief William Clay, you are guilty of violating the Hatch Act. You openly and publicly supported Democrat Bill Enyart for Congress. Not being informed regarding the law is not an excuse. There is only one remedy if you are found guilty, which is dismissal.
The Belleville News-Democrat ran several articles supporting my claim in the fall of 2014. There were a number of readers who admonished you in the Opinion Page and in the Sound-Off section of the paper at that time. There were some who called you unethical and alluded to the proposition that you violated the Hatch Act. Chief Clay, it is obvious that you did.
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William H. Bremen Sr.