Weld District Court judge will make decision on political candidate’s job performance records

The Greeley Tribune: Weld District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow will review, redact and release information related to Weld County Clerk and Recorder candidate Elisa Kunkel’s job performance during her tenure with the clerk and recorder’s office, and he expects to complete that work today.

Neither The Tribune nor Denver-based media organization Complete Colorado, both of which filed Colorado Open Records Act requests for job performance-related information, will immediately receive the information, as attorneys for the county and for Kunkel will have one week to review the releasable information and, if necessary, appeal Kopcow’s decision.

Kunkel was represented via phone by Robert Liechty, a Greenwood Village-based lawyer. Frank Haug represented Weld County. Tribune attorney Steve Zansberg filed a brief on The Tribune’s behalf, but did not appear in court. Complete Colorado did not have an attorney present in court.

Haug did most of the talking, explaining the difficulty the county had in determining which information within Kunkel’s personnel file was releasable.

“The question is what the contents of the personnel file are,” Haug said.

Previous courts have narrowly defined those contents to include financial information, phone numbers, addresses and social security numbers.

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