Colorado health chief’s testimony in whistleblower lawsuit against CDPHE wasn’t credible, judge says

The Colorado Sun: A Denver District judge is allowing a whistleblower lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to move forward in a ruling that cast doubt on testimony from the agency’s leader.

In a ruling last week, Judge Shelley Gilman denied the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by a former high-level employee, Tony Cappello, who was the director of Disease Control and Public Health Response at CDPHE. 

Cappello claims in the lawsuit that CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan broke the law last year when she fired him after he blew the whistle on financial mismanagement related to how the state handled federal funds for HIV programs.

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