Leaked memo shows split opinions on possible open meetings law violation

Crested Butte News: A response from the former attorney for the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District, Tom Mullans, indicates that based on the information he was told, he believes the board violated the Colorado Open Meetings Law at its November 2018 meeting. However, the district’s current attorney believes otherwise and disagrees with that conclusion.

The Crested Butte News this week received an anonymous letter that included what appears to be a copy of former Met Rec attorney Tom Mullans’ response to questions sent to him by the board in late November and early December.

Mullans told the Crested Butte News he could not comment on whether the memo received by the Newswas his. “I cannot confirm that,” he said by phone on Monday. “What I provide the board as an attorney is confidential.”

The Crested Butte News had asked several times that the Mullans memo be made public but the board had followed the advice of its current attorney, Marcus Lock, and denied the requests. Lock has reasoned that because of the potential of legal action threatened between board members and staff over the last several months, the memo should not be made public.

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