The Salem Lakes Village Clerk, Shannon Hahn, has resigned from the Village of Salem Lakes Friday. Hahn, 44, of Bristol, turned in her written letter of resignation as Walworth County Detectives were questioning employees for the third day in a row, according to reports. This departure comes at a curious time. KCE has at least three unfulfilled public records requests into the village. We expect the records to be damning to the Village’s Administration. Hahn is responsible for fulfilling these requests. She told us last Monday, “I wanted to notify you that [the records requests] will take longer than usual. I am sorry for this inconvenience.” Hahn is also in charge of the upcoming elections. Her election supervisor, Michael Ullstrup, recently passed away, leaving the administering of the important upcoming election in limbo. There is a primary election on February 21, 2023 and the general election on April 4, 2023. Village officials are scrambling to delegate who will take over in the duo’s absence. We made contact with Hahn Sunday evening and she said “I have no desire to talk to you. Please do not contact me.”
Michael Culat, a trustee for the Village of Salem Lakes and a local Realtor out of Antioch, IL, previously worked as a police officer for the City of Antioch, IL, being hired in 1985 and allegedly leaving under suspicious circumstances in 1991. According to a police report written by his then-Lieutenant, he seemingly left the department so suddenly, that he had to be hounded by the police department to get their police equipment back from Culat.
KCE received multiple complaints about Culat’s behavior. First, we were told that there was a Village of Salem Lakes skid steer in his backyard for several months. He was alleged to be using the village-owned machine for his own personal use. We emailed him several times to ask him why the skid steer was in his rural backyard. He never responded. What do we do when government officials aren’t transparent? We asked him in public after a meeting while recording. He admitted to having the skid steer at his house but said he didn’t know who dropped it off or who picked it up. He said he never touched the skid steer and his fingerprints aren’t on it. He started to say that he didn’t see it, but then corrected himself, saying he did see it. He told us he didn’t use it, but wouldn’t say why it was there.
KCE has learned that the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation to Culat’s seemingly unscrupulous behavior. Culat said last week that his “lawyer” would be answering our questions on February 7, 2023. We have not yet heard from this “lawyer.”
Captain Shannan Illingworth of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office did confirm that she assigned detectives to investigate the complaint about Culat.