In August, KCE wrote about former Veteran’s Services Director, Aloysius “Ali” Nelson resigning his position “under duress”. Prior to our breaking story, some county board supervisors were spreading allegations that his resignation was due to political reasons. When our story broke, along with the video of Ali allegedly attacking a veteran in Silver Lake Park, those who were spreading the allegations had egg on their faces.
The County Veteran’s Service Officers Association of Wisconsin believed the incident with the veteran in Silver Lake Park warranted his removal as president of the Association.
In true KCE fashion, we did an open records request pertaining to Nelson’s job as Kenosha County Veteran Services Director. We requested:
- Any document or combination of documents in the possession of Kenosha County that contain the names of each and every employee of the Veteran’s Services department that has resigned between the dates of September 1, 2022 and today’s date.
- Any disciplinary documents and or employment-related investigative reports for all of the people from #1.
- Letters of resignation from #1.
Due to the “Woznicki Rule,” it took us some time to receive a portion of our request information.
We found some interesting information in the files. In a resignation letter dated 6/5/23, former employee Jose Sanchez did not have a positive employment experience with Ali Nelson. Mr. Sanchez’s letter is below, and we highlighted what we consider important work-related comments in yellow.
Highlighted in red, Mr. Sanchez states Ali allegedly had an affair with a woman who works in the same building. At one time, Ali’s wife was in the building and this woman came into the Veteran’s office. Ali asked Mr. Sanchez to talk to this woman and tell her she is not allowed in the Veteran’s office anymore. KCE believes it is inappropriate for an employee tell a subordinate to deal with a situation with someone’s alleged former lover.
In the second file KCE received, there is a conversation with a different employee that brings up the alleged incident with Ali, his wife, and this woman county employee. We have highlighted it in red below.
It seems to KCE, Ali Nelson had two different personalities as the Kenosha County Veterans Services Director – one as a friendly retired Navy veteran who worked hard to help veterans receive the benefits they are entitled to, and the other as a director who came in late and left work early, did minimal work to assist veteran clients, demeaned subordinates, allegedly attacked a veteran in a park, allegedly had an affair with someone in the Human Services building, and involved a subordinate in this alleged affair.
County board supervisors and others who lied and attacked the County Executive for asking Ali Nelson to resign his position owe the public and the County Executive an apology. KCE believes the County Executive did the right thing in requesting Mr. Nelson’s resignation. The former director made $83,400.
Reached Sunday evening, Nelson’s attorney William Sulton responded “He does not” to our offer to give Nelson a chance to respond to these allegations.