Town of Campbell board members placed Police Chief Tim Kelemen on paid administrative leave during a special meeting Thursday night pending its investigation into the chief’s actions.
Chief Kelemen admitted to using a local activist’s personal email to sign him up for various newsletters and emails. The chief's attorney, Jim Birnbaum with O’Flaherty, Heim, Egan and Birnbaum, said Kelemen was only trying to protect his police officers from harassment.
Birnbaum released the following statement after the Town Board’s decision to place Kelemen on paid administrative leave:
“The decision by the Campbell Town Board to place Chief Tim Kelemen on administrative leave pending its investigation is a routine practice and is not an adjudication of any employment or alleged criminal wrongdoing by the Chief.
We will fully cooperate in any investigation which we hope will include the Tea Party’s past and current campaign of harassment, intimidation, and threats to the Chief and others. Given the nature of the threats, including threats and references to shooting and killing police officers, such leave is prudent to ensure the physical safety of Chief Kelemen.
We await the prompt but fair disposition of this matter.”
Activist Greg Luce and other tea party members are suing the Town of Campbell over an ordinance that prohibits them from demonstrating on the Interstate 90 pedestrian overpass. Chief Kelemen says it's a safety issue.