Judge makes preliminary findings that Archuleta commissioners made decisions behind closed doors

The Pagosa Springs SUN: A Nov. 3 court order from Sixth Judicial district Chief Judge Jeffrey Wilson makes a preliminary finding that the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) made policy decisions during executive session earlier this year that should have been in made in public.

On May 6, the BoCC held a special meeting in which the executive session was the only item on the agenda.

The agenda states that the purpose of the executive session was “Conferences with an attorney for the public entity for the purpose of the Board receiving legal advice on the 1033 investigation.”

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had recently concluded its investigation into 1033 Program assets given to the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office that were allegedly missing. Following the CBI investigation, Sixth Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne determined there was no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the sheriff’s office.

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