Questions remain after Manitou Springs’ police chief resigns without public explanation

The Colorado Springs Gazette: The resignation of Manitou Springs’ police chief remains clouded in secrecy after city officials refused to release details regarding his departure and denied The Gazette’s request for related public records.

After he was placed on paid administrative leave late January, chief Brian Churchill resigned March 23 during an executive session of city council. A city spokesman has declined to comment further calling his departure a “confidential personnel matter.”

The city denied The Gazette’s request for internal affairs investigation documents about Churchill under the Colorado Open Records Act, arguing that the release of such documents would be contrary to the public’s interest.

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