Court orders Delta to release records on police chief’s departure

From The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction):  Records provided Wednesday to The Daily Sentinel under court order show former Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas may have been investigated for alleged misuse of a privileged Colorado law enforcement computerized database, among other claims of wrongdoing.

Delta leaders have been silent on the outcome of a city investigation of Thomas, who went on paid leave without explanation Aug. 26 before exiting the job a month later and receiving a $50,000 severance payout.

The records released on Wednesday call into question how much Thomas was scrutinized.

“The City shall not proceed with investigating the complaints it has received which relate solely to Thomas,” reads the release signed Sept. 19 by the former police chief.

The document later says the city of Delta may have to provide notice “to the (Colorado Bureau of Investigation) regarding alleged, but not substantiated allegations of CCIC violations.”

The CCIC, or Colorado Crime Information Center, is a computerized information system accessible only by criminal justice agencies, with sensitive data such as vehicle registrations, and crime and arrest reports, among other records. The system is maintained by CBI.

Improper access of CCIC is a state and federal crime.

Reached for comment late Wednesday, CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said she made inquiries on the issue but had no official response.

Medina earlier told the newspaper that as of Sept. 30, the agency wasn’t investigating Thomas.

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