Douglas County attorney cites legal concerns with release of confidential report

Colorado Community Media: An investigation by the Douglas County government’s attorney found that Commissioner Lora Thomas released a confidential memo to the media and that she could have broken the law by doing so. 

Thomas’ fellow commissioners directed their staff to look into the possible breach after Thomas appeared in a CBS Colorado story discussing the report. Images and full quotes from the report were included in the TV story.

While the state doesn’t have specific laws for the situation, County Attorney Lance Ingalls said there are seven criminal offenses that could apply, including official misconduct, embezzlement of public property and abuse of public records, according to a county memo.

After voting to make the memo by the county attorney public in an Aug. 15 meeting, commissioners Abe Laydon and George Teal voted not to take any immediate action against Thomas.

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