City Council takes no action after meeting behind closed doors for 3 hours Monday night |

City Council takes no action after meeting behind closed doors for 3 hours Monday night

— The Steamboat Springs City Council took no action and had nothing to say publicly Monday night after it met for three hours behind closed doors to discuss City Manager Deb Hinsvark’s work performance and an ongoing police misconduct investigation.

The city manager, who has taken some heat from three council members in recent weeks for how she initially responded to the allegations against the city’s top two police officials, emerged from an executive session smiling, indicating the meeting had gone well.

The council called Monday night’s special meeting to discuss in executive session its involvement in the investigation into allegations of misconduct against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle.

The council first met for nearly two hours in executive session to discuss “pending legal matters” related to the police investigation.

Then, five members agreed to meet in a separate executive session to discuss “personnel matters” related to Hinsvark.

Council President Bart Kounovsky and Council President Pro-Tem Scott Myller opposed convening the second executive session that focused on the city manager.

In opposing the executive session, Kounovsky cited a regularly-scheduled performance review for Hinsvark that is coming up next month and said he wanted to “stay the course.”

Hinsvark left the second closed door meeting smiling. She gave members of her management team a thumbs up after the executive session, suggesting the meeting had gone well for her.

The council emerged shortly after and immediately adjourned the special meeting around 8 p.m. after receiving no public comment.

Council member Sonja Macys, who called for the closed door meetings with council member Scott Ford, said she could not comment on the executive sessions.

Kounovsky also declined to comment after the meeting.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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