Polis declines to say when he learned of allegations against Colorado’s emergency management director

The Denver Post: Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday said personnel matters in the state should be handled without interference from his office, marking the first public comments the Democrat has made since a Denver Post investigation outlined multiple suspensions and aggressive, intimidating behavior from the man leading Colorado’s emergency responses.

“Our department heads handle these matters according to our procedures — fairly,” Polis said at a news conference Wednesday, responding to a question from a Post reporter about when he was made aware of the allegations against emergency management director Mike Willis and whether he would be taking any action against him. “They follow appropriate procedures. There’s not interference from the governor’s office.”

The governor added that he’s glad the Colorado Department of Public Safety, which houses the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is hiring an outside consultant to “evaluate their culture issues that might exist there and their effectiveness.”

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