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Hatch Act complaint filed against Rep. Noel
The Alliance for a Better Utah filed a Hatch Act complaint on Friday, December 9, against Utah State House Representative Mike Noel (R) of Kanab.
The complaint came on the heels of Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner being on the Hatch Act hot seat concerning re-election, due to his management of an agency that received federal funds while he was chief. Greiner holds the District 18 Senate seat.
A Salt Lake Tribune political writer quickly pointed out that Greiner was not alone, and cited Noel of Kanab as another who would fit within the act’s intention of candidates who should not serve politically, if they hold a job that receives federal funding.
In Noel’s case, he is the Executive Administrator of the Kane County Water Conservancy District (KCWCD), in addition to his State Representative job.
The KCWCD has received $8.2 million in federal funds. The KCWCD is currently involved in building the Jackson Flat Reservoir.
“The reason we filed against Mike Noel is that we can be a voice when nobody else seems to be able to speak up,” said Maryanne Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better Utah.
“We don’t intend to be Hatch Act enforcers, but clearly this needed to be addressed,” Martindale added.
Rep. Noel could be forced out of the legislature if the complaint is successful.