CMC trustees withdraw censure of fellow trustee who wrote letters to newspapers

Steamboat Today (Steamboat Springs):  The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees on Thursday chose not to move forward with a censure of one of its members for letters she wrote to Colorado newspapers about the college’s budget.

The board first considered censuringTrustee Mary Ellen Denomy in June after she wrote letters to regional newspapers in May opposing a transfer of college money to the nonprofit CMC Foundation and in June saying she would vote against a raise, bonus and contract extension for college President and CEO Carrie Hauser.

Denomy’s letters clashed with a 2014 board policy stating that board members will support the final determination of the board on a matter regardless of the member’s personal position on the matter. The policy also states that the board’s sole spokesperson is the board president.

A censure would have expressed formal disapproval from the trustees but carried no further penalty.

Board President Glenn Davis said Thursday that the trustees had discussed the issue during a board retreat Wednesday and drafted a statement on the issue.

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