Weld County commissioners blast county council’s plan for closed-door meeting

The Greeley Tribune: Weld County commissioners have refused a meeting with the Weld County Council and set their own expectations for how the release of a council-arranged audit of commissioners and the Weld County Clerk and Recorder should be distributed.

In an email to Council Chairman Brett Abernathy on Thursday, commissioners balked at the proposed 1.5-hour review of audit findings, saying they want a full 24 hours with the document that centers on commissioners’ and the county clerk’s job performance.

“The Board of Commissioner’s (sic) desire is for the audit to accurately and correctly reflect the findings from the auditors’ research; potentially rushing the review process does a disservice to the auditors, those being audited and the public,” the commissioners’ email read, in part.

Abernathy hadn’t responded to the email by 5 p.m. Friday, and when he was contacted for a comment, Abernathy said he needed more time to review and gather information.

The council-ordered audit, which has been more than a year in the making, focuses on complaints from employees, residents and car dealerships about wait times and office climate at the clerk’s office, as well as accusations of unnecessary spending and treatment of county employees by commissioners. San Francisco-based firm Harvey M. Rose Associates was chosen to perform the audit, and will be paid $50,000 for its services.

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