The Veteran’s Services Director, Aloysius “Ali” Nelson, has resigned his position with the County last Sunday. He did so “under duress,” according to a resignation letter tendered by his attorney and obtained by KCE. Shortly after an incident at Silver Lake Park, located at 27000 85th St in Salem Lakes that occurred on July 18, 2023, Nelson retained the President of the Wisconsin ACLU to be his lawyer. In the resignation letter sent to the county by Attorney William F. Sulton, Sulton says:
“I am writing concerning the meeting held on August 11, 2023, and to tender the resignation of Aloysius “Ali” Nelson. As the county knows, this resignation is made under duress. By resigning, Mr. Nelson does not waive any claims or causes of action against the county, without limitation to wrongful termination, discrimination, and due process. Mr. Nelson resigns solely to mitigate the
anticipated damages and other losses caused by the county.”
The incident from July 18, 2023 was documented by a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy and captured on video. According to the report:
The homeless veteran suffering from PTSD named “Pete” told the Deputy he has been living at Silver Lake Park. Pete said that he was in the park, under some shade and watching movies in his sleeping bag when “two male blacks” pulled his sleeping bag off of him. He said that the one man was harassing him and threatened to throw his belongings away. This man was later identified as Ali Nelson. In the video, Nelson takes off his id badge and seemingly charges Pete at least twice, in an attempt to fight him. Nelson’s co-worker had to restrain Nelson. Nelson and Pete are also both heard using profanity.
Pete then showed the Deputy the video of the altercation. KCE reached out to Nelson’s attorney who told us they have “no comment.” KCE contacted the County Executive’s Office, and exec Samantha Kerkman issued the following statement:
“Veterans Services Director Ali Nelson submitted his letter of resignation on Sunday, after having been on administrative leave since July 19th. Services to veterans in the community will continue uninterrupted, with the office under the oversight of Assistant Director Jennifer Blasi.”