Unknown whether other police investigation reports will be released
July 31, 2015
Steamboat Springs — Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong is not expected to consider releasing additional reports related to the police department investigation recently completed by investigator Katherine Nuanes until the week of Aug.10.
The recommendations for policy changes at the police station were made public when the city released a summary of Report 6 prepared by Nuanes.
On July 10, the Steamboat Today filed a records request for the reports.
City attorney Tony Lettunich wrote July 15 that the reports are criminal justice records, and he forwarded the request DeLong.
"As to any records which might arguably be outside of the scope of the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, we are treating those requested documents as personnel records and, as such, (they) are not available for review," Lettunich wrote July 10.
The Steamboat Today asked Letunnich to reconsider.
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On July 24, City Manager Deb Hinsvark released the summary of Report 6.
On July 27, DeLong released released Report 1, which was the report that dealt with alleged mismanagement of the city’s police pension fund.
On July 29, DeLong released Report 2, which dealt with the roles Hinsvark and Lettunich had played.
On July 30, the Steamboat Today asked Lettunich when DeLong would be making a decision on whether to release reports three through five.
On July 31, Lettunich responded:
"Interim Chief DeLong is out today and will be unavailable the majority of next week due to pre-planned matters that were scheduled when he agreed to accept this interim position. When he returns the week of Aug. 10, he plans to continue his review and analysis of the Nuanes investigation report and to respond as soon as that review and analysis has been completed."