The Madison Police Department–Hallett’s boss–questioned whether he was writing up enough parking tickets. Not illogically, he responded by posting a spreadsheet on his website listing month-by-month citation numbers for the city’s 29 parking enforcement officers from January-September 2007. This is a public record, but the Madison Police Department is taking the view that if you work for them, you have to get a special level of permission for posting or using documents that any old random person can obtain and post with complete impunity.
The memo terminating Mr. Hallett accuses him of “having posted a number of documents on the Internet.”
Isthmus, our local arts-entertainment-and-politics weekly, is covering this story.
Isthmus reports that they received an anonymous call from someone who told them that Hallett:
“…is gay. He wears earrings and stuff. We don’t need his kind around here. Write about somebody good.”
In our view, Mr. Hallett is good. He’s the best, and we are proud to confer upon him our coveted and increasingly prestigious STOTW Award.
If anyone wants to anonymously call and tell us that Mr. Hallett is gay and wears earrings, our phone number is 608-255-0688.