Town of Dillon denies request for records on interim police chief’s administrative leave

From the Summit Daily News (Summit County):  Brian Brady resigned last Wednesday, Feb. 19 from the Dillon Police Department amid a 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigation into whether he committed perjury over a parking ticket dispute.

Brady, who had been serving since June 2013 as the town’s interim police chief, was placed on paid administrative leave sometime in January during a closed meeting of the Dillon Town Council.

His resignation last week came two days after the Summit Daily News filed a Colorado Open Records Act request with the district attorney’s office for a copy of its perjury investigation and one day after filing an additional open records request with the town of Dillon in hopes of learning the circumstances of Brady’s paid administrative leave.

In a response letter sent Friday, Feb. 21 to the Daily News, Dillon town manager Joe Wray said he would not provide any information to the public about his former interim police chief, citing a provision of the Colorado Open Records Act that states a custodian “is required to deny access to certain records, including personnel files.”

Wray also cited the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act in his denial of access to Brady’s records, saying the “town believes that the privacy rights of the individual for whom you have made the request currently outweigh any right of the public to any such records.”

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