Public likely won’t see more findings from internal police investigation in Steamboat

From Steamboat Today (Steamboat Springs): Concerned about liability issues and potentially hurting a police department in the process of healing, the Steamboat Springs City Council will not seek a more thorough summary of the recent internal investigation that led to the departures of the city’s top cops and city manager.

The council’s 4-3 vote against seeking more information to release to the public came immediately after the council met for an hour behind closed doors to receive legal advice from City Attorney Tony Lettunich and a Denver attorney who works for the city’s insurance company and specializes in employment issues.

Council President Walter Magill, who felt the initial summary of the investigation released in July was too vague and insufficient, said he didn’t support the effort to get a new summary because of the advice the council received Tuesday from the attorneys.

Magill feared releasing a new summary could create liability issues for the city and violate the confidentiality witnesses were promised during the investigation.

He also said releasing more information about the probe could hurt a police department that he said is only starting to heal after tumultuous times.

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