SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has determined that Salt Lake County Councilman Michael Jensen is in compliance with the federal Hatch Act.
A complaint challenging Jensen's ability to seek re-election was filed in March, alleging that his candidacy violates federal law because of his full-time job as chief of the Unified Fire Authority.
The Hatch Act prohibits state and local candidates from running for partisan election if their job has a connection to federal funding. Unified Fire Authority receives loans and grants from the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Agriculture and Interior.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel investigated the complaint and determined that Jensen is not in violation of federal law.
Jensen is not involved in any decisions regarding federal grant applications or administration and distribution of funds, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. His contract with the Unified's board of trustees removes him from those responsibilities.
Jensen, a Republican, was first elected to the Salt Lake County Council in 2000. He faces a challenge in District 2 from Democrat Brent Goodfellow in November.
The Hatch Act complaint was filed by the Salt Lake County Democratic Party.