Judge to release ‘vast majority of records’ related to job performance of Weld Co. clerk candidate

The Greeley Tribune: Weld District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow will release “the vast majority” of records The Tribune has requested on the job performance of Weld County Clerk and Recorder candidate Elisa Kunkel, citing the public’s compelling interest see such records.

Kunkel is a candidate for Weld County Clerk and Recorder, and has filed a lawsuit against her former boss and now political opponent, Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes. In the lawsuit and in her campaign, Kunkel has touted her job performance in her 16 years as an employee of the Weld County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

The Tribune filed a Colorado Open Records Act request with Weld County for records related to Kunkel’s job performance in the motor vehicle department in an effort to verify that information. Complete Colorado, a Denver-based online news organization, requested similar information.

County attorneys then filed a petition in Weld District Court asking a judge to rule on which information within Kunkel’s personnel file was releasable. Weld County, Kunkel, The Tribune and Complete Colorado were all parties to the case. Tribune attorney Steve Zansberg also filed a brief with the court supporting The Tribune’s request for records.

In an order released Friday, Kopcow said he had completed a review of Kunkel’s personnel file, and after weighing privacy considerations and the public’s right to know, has decided to release “the vast majority of the records.”

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