City manager wants public to have summary of police investigation
Steamboat Springs — City Manager Deb Hinsvark wants the public to eventually have a summary of the investigation into accusations against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.
“It is just unconscionable to not provide something to the public to allay some of their concerns and give them an idea of what’s going on,” Hinsvark said Friday.
She said the city must walk a fine line between keeping personnel items private and giving the public a summary of the investigation’s findings.
Hinsvark wrote about her desire to release a summary in her most recent city manager’s report, which is given to the city council.
“It is not my intent to let the public hang, wondering what happened,” Hinsvark wrote. “Many of the details cannot be made public, of course, because they contain items related to personnel matters, but as I speak to our (human resources) attorneys and other city managers who have experienced this type of police investigation, I am aware that there is much ‘executive summary’ type of information that can be communicated.”
She said she wants such a summary to be created for the citizens of Steamboat once the investigation is complete.
Former police detective Dave Kleiber, whose complaints against the police officials spurred the investigation, told the Steamboat Today last week that he was concerned about what Hinsvark would do with the report once it was completed.
Hinsvark noted she has removed herself from the investigation, but she is starting to think about the dissemination of data as the probe winds down.
She said Kathy Nuanes, the independent investigator hired to look into the claims of misconduct against the police leadership, is familiar with creating executive summary reports for investigations.
Hinsvark has asked Anne Small, the city’s director of general services who is overseeing the investigation, to request a summary from Nuanes.
The city manager also updated the council on how much money the city has spent on the investigation and to hire Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong.
As of last week, $18,000 has been spent for the investigation and $12,000 for the services of the interim chief.
The investigation is expected to last until June.
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