Judge to review 2015 executive session held by Archuleta County commissioners

The Pagosa Springs Sun: A recording of an executive session that occurred in September 2015 will receive an in-camera inspection because of a complaint that was filed by a local resident.

The order for the in-camera inspection was signed on Jan. 3 by 6th Judicial District Court Judge Greg Lyman.

The complaint was originally filed by Archuleta County resident Greg Giehl and his attorney, Matt Roane, regarding an executive session recording that took place Sept. 22, 2015.

The executive session, held by the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), pertained to the resignation of County Attorney Todd Starr.

The complaint was filed against Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder June Madrid because she did not release the recording of the executive session to Giehl and Roane when they requested it.

The complaint was filed on Dec.15, 2015.

In January of 2016, the BoCC voted to defend Madrid in the case, and authorized the legal firm Rose, Walker, Starr LLP (who holds the county’s legal services contract, and a firm in which Starr is a partner) to represent Madrid in her defense.

The complaint argues that, for various reasons, the executive session wasn’t conducted correctly and therefore deserved to be public knowledge.

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