Big-Money Donor to Local Democrats and Solicitor for Plymouth Township and Colonial School Board (Among Others) Suspended Over Comments Mocking Police Recognition Ceremony Caught on Video

Remember attorney Michael Clarke? He is the attorney who we pointed out has donated almost $50,000 between 2011 and 2018 to local Democrats and has been appointed as the solicitor in Plymouth Township, the Borough of Conshohocken (sewer authority and zoning), Whitemarsh Township (sewer authority) and the Colonial School District.

Well, he was just suspended by Falls Township where he serves as the solicitor due to comments he inadvertently made on a hot mic during a public meeting in June.


During the portion of the June Supervisors meeting that featured recognition of elementary school students who served as police chief for a day and a law enforcement awards ceremony, Clarke made an off-the-cuff comment that Falls Township was “constantly applauding people for doing their jobs.” He added that public works staff was “just as important” on delivering services, according to video and audio that was reviewed by

What were the police officers being recognized for? From

The awards that recognized Falls Township officers at the meeting covered a number of years and recognized an officer who suffered a life-threatening injury while on-duty, those who took part in a homicide investigation, law enforcement who handled a robbery, responders to a shooting call, detectives who investigated a drug delivery resulting in death case, and officers who saved a man that was bleeding to death after a suicide attempt.

Clarke then topped it all off by making a joke that he may be the father of the kids participating in the ceremony: From

Clarke also made an off-color joke about kids coming up looking for their parent and that he may be their father.

You can read the full article here.

In the above photo from 2018, Clarke (far left) is pictured with Montgomery County Treasurer, the Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee and Area Leader for the Colonial Democrats Jason Salus (center) and another attorney from Clarke’s firm. Clarke works with the Treasurer’s office to sell delinquent properties. Between 2011 and 2018, Clarke donated at least $27,500 to Friends of Jason Salus.

Photo: Rudolph & Clarke