Changes to personnel file system for Weld County employees following open records ruling

The Greeley Tribune: In the wake of revelations Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes endured sexist remarks as a young clerk and recorder employee, Weld County commissioners are moving to clarify personnel file rules that could have prevented that information from ever coming to light.

The Tribune learned of Koppes’ troubling work environment via two pages of typed notes Koppes placed in her personnel file. The Tribune requested Koppes’ personnel file as part of the vetting process for her run for re-election, also requesting the file of former clerk and recorder employee and clerk candidate, Elisa Kunkel.

Koppes said her notes, which were taken contemporaneously, were her only recourse against warehouse workers who regularly demeaned and dismissed her based on her gender, as Koppes said former Weld County Clerk and Recorder Steve Moreno did not take action.

Moreno, for his part, said the issue was never brought to his attention. Now, as chairman of the Board of Weld County Commissioners, Moreno is working with his fellow commissioners to clarify what kind of information can be put in a personnel file, and who has to know about it.

Weld County staff is in the process of clarifying and codifying rules for employees’ personnel files, including the following, from a draft of the new rules provided by Weld County Attorney Frank Haug:

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