Judge says Pitkin County does not have to release records on complaint

From the Aspen Daily News:  Pitkin County does not have to release records to an Aspen woman who was trying to uncover the name of the person who made a complaint about her property, a judge ruled last week.

The complaint against Elesabeth Shook’s home regarded a construction project and was filed with the county’s community development department in 2012. That office forwarded the complaint to the county attorney’s office and Carrington Brown, the county’s code enforcement officer.

He found that a new structure was being constructed on her Willoughby Way property without a requisite building permit. Brown issued a stop-work order, the permit was obtained a month or so later, and the county attorney’s office did not pursue a citation against Shook.

During his investigation, Brown also spoke with the person who made the complaint. The reporting party “expressly asked that his identity be kept confidential,” wrote Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County District Court in her ruling on Friday.

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