Genesee County Clerk-Register John Gleason, who was in charge of overseeing the city of Flint during the 2020 presidential election, has been charged with bribing or intimidating a witness, and willful neglect of duty.
The charges were announced during a press conference on April 8 by Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene and Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson.
Little details were provided during the briefing, though Swanson did note that two females had “encountered behavior” on the job that had led to the charges.
Gleason is facing up to four years behind bars and a $5,000 fine for the felony witness intimidation charge, and up to one year behind bars and a $1,000 fine for the willful neglect of duty charge.
Prior to becoming the county clerk, Gleason served as a Democrat in the Michigan state senate from 2009 to 2012, and in the state house of representatives from 2003 to 2006. The Democrat election clerk was one of the first to speak out in the media denying widespread voter fraud following the 2020 presidential election.
Gleason was already in the spotlight for his concerning hiring practices, as he reportedly hired former Flint Township clerk Kathy Funk — who was being investigated for voter fraud after being accused of tampering with absentee ballots in order to steal an August 2020 primary election — as Elections Supervisor for Genesee County.
The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office has released a statement regarding the charges against Gleason, which read: “We will review the specifics of the charges and allegations before we have further comment, but in the interim voters can be confident we will continue to ensure all citizens in Michigan have fair and accurate elections.”
The Genesee County Democratic Party has also released a statement following Gleason’s arrest.
“The Genesee County Democratic Party is deeply troubled by the alleged actions of Genesee County Clerk John J. Gleason, who today was charged in the 67th District Court with witness bribing/intimidating/interfering and willful neglect of duty,” the statement begins.
“The Genesee County Democratic Party fundamentally believes that public service is a sacred duty in a free and fair democratic society. Any violation of the public trust is a violation of our core democratic values and principles,” the statement continues.
“The GCDP has full faith in our criminal justice system, and we believe that truth and justice will prevail. Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, no public official is above the law. The GCDP fundamentally believes that any public official who is convicted of breaking the law or violating the public trust, should be held accountable… We stand behind those county employees who have endured this alleged misconduct, who simply sought to go to work, do their due diligence as public employees, and serve the residents of Genesee County,” the statement concludes.