Federal Board Orders Utah Police Chief Removal In Hatch Act Case


The federal Merit System Protection Board ordered Ogden, Ut., to remove Jon Greiner as police chief for violating the Hatch Act or possibly face the loss of federal funds, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. In 2006, while he was police chief, Greiner was elected to the Utah Senate. He was running for re-election in 2010 when Democrats complained he was violating the Hatch Act, which bars government employees who oversee federal funds or are paid with them from seeking or holding partisan elected offices.

In March 2010, an administrative law judge ruled that Greiner had violated the Hatch Act, and he dropped his bid for re-election. Earlier, Greiner said, “Our founding fathers would probably roll over in their graves at the notion that a part-time state or local citizen legislator would be denied his or her First Amendment rights.” In his appeal, Greiner argued that his duties regarding grant funding were minimal and that most of them were performed before he ran for the state Senate.

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