04-24-2016, 09:26 PM #1
CO - Residents of Colorado town baffled after entire police force suddenly quitsResidents of Colorado town baffled after entire police force suddenly quits
If you find yourself in an emergency situation in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., don’t bother calling police.
04-24-2016, 10:56 PM #2Registered User
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Looks like a beautiful setting. I wonder if the resignations are political or personality issues. Or something else.
04-24-2016, 11:12 PM #3
Green Mountain Falls is absolutely gorgeous! I have a theory on what motivated the resignations, but I don't want to jump the gun before doing a little more research. However...
This isn't the first case of uncertainty that Green Mountain Falls has had with its police department.
In July 2013, the Board of Trustees looked into replacing the town marshal with a private security company. That discussion was made with the "mayor out of the loop," the article said.
At that time, Lorrie Worthey was in her first term as mayor. Worthey unsuccessfully ran for a third, two-year term against Newberry in April.
04-24-2016, 11:14 PM #4
Why does a town of 600 people need a four person police department anyway? That’s like one cop for every 150 people. Anyway the Sheriff’s Department is providing law enforcement services to the community. So it’s not like they are without protection.
We have some entire counties here in Oregon, that have less LEOs then that town. Some only operate during business hours 9-5. Outside of those hours people rely on the state police, and it works just fine.
04-25-2016, 12:00 AM #5
When a new group of elected leaders took office in Green Mountain Falls in mid-April, they vowed to make changes in the running of the town government.
Well, a month and a half later, they got their wish with nearly all local workers quitting, including the complete public works department, two trustees and two planning commissioners and now practically the entire clerk’s office. According to sources, some of these resignations are attributed to a drastic changing of the leadership guard and concerns over new policies.
The town of Green Mountain Falls just can’t stay out of trouble, whether it’s from ticketing people for waterfowl feeding, spending too much money on meals or employee angst or removals.
Last week, Mary Duval, the city’s head clerk and treasurer for the last year and a half, was suspended and then escorted out of the town hall building.
An effort to recall the Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees in Colorado was launched in July 2013. Supporters of the recall circulated petitions to qualify the recall question for the ballot. However, the recall did not go to a vote because the petitions were rejected on account of a spelling error.
Pent-up anger that erupted in rage, trustees in Green Mountain Falls let loose April 2 on Mayor Lorrie Worthey. At issue is the missing paperwork for what turned out to be a $14,046 loan from El Paso County to cover emergency expenses during the Waldo Canyon Fire. “Anything with regard to money you need to write down,” said the town attorney Lisa Tormoen Hickey.
Trustee Howard Price started the tirade over the lack of communication from the mayor, about the loan. “We were told it was a gift; now we find out it's not a gift and we have to pay it back,” he said. “I can get no history on this.”
In a breach of protocol, Green Mountain Falls’ Mayor Lorrie Worthey posted a letter from former Marshal/Police Chief Tim Bradley on her Facebook page this month. The breach in the personnel policy and grievance process was in using social media before alerting the board of trustees to the letter.
Potentially libelous, the letter made several unsubstantiated accusations against town employees, including Rob McArthur, public works director and Chris Frandina, town clerk/treasurer. As well, Bradley made unsubstantiated claims about a conversation he had with the town attorney Dan Stuart.
04-25-2016, 12:09 AM #6
A local trustee is being criticized for his actions at the last Green Mountain Falls town meeting before the new election.
Trustee Mac Pitrone started yelling and slamming the table during the Mayor's Report section of the agenda.
The mayor, Lorrie Worthey, had let a city employee read her resignation letter, which got quite the reaction out of Pitrone.
"Stop! Stop! Officer remove that woman. She is completely out of order," Pitrone can be heard yelling on the public recording of the March 18 meeting.
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