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Independent review of Craig Police Department ongoing

Investigator bills city $3,900 for services through December

Collin Smith

As officials prepare to discuss the results of a Colorado Bureau of Investigation review of the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force, a second independent inquiry into the Craig Police Department continues.

The city hired Timothy Leary, a former captain and commander of the Denver Police Metro/SWAT Bureau, in November to research the Police Department's internal affairs investigation of former detective Ken Johnson, as well as the department's general policies, procedures and code of conduct.

Johnson resigned in September and was arrested later that month. He was charged with three felonies in October and is scheduled for a jury trial May 24 in Moffat County District Court.

Leary's appointment came shor­tly after some Craig City Council members openly questioned the Police Department's investigation into Johnson in March, which ultimately was ruled inconclusive.

Johnson remained on active duty with the department until late August, when a second investigation by the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office began to yield evidence alleging Johnson broke the law while involved in a sexual relationship with a local woman convicted of drug use and distribution.

The city has not set a cap on how much to pay Leary for his services, opting to pay him $90 an hour plus other fees for the review.

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City Manager Jim Ferree said Leary has submitted $3,882.60 in bills for November and December.

Leary is reporting directly to Ferree on all matters relating to his inquiry.

The city manager said so far the review has focused on the department's internal affairs investigation of Johnson, including reviews of transcripts made during Craig Police Commander Jerry DeLong's interviews with police officials and others.

Leary has not submitted a report of any findings as of yet, Ferree said.

Now that the CBI's separate review of ACET is completed, the City Council and regional law enforcement plan to host a public workshop to discuss its findings.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

The CBI agent assigned to review ACET is scheduled to attend, along with members of the ACET board, which includes Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, Steamboat Springs Police Chief J.D. Hays, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch and District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham.

Ferree said Leary was invited to also discuss his investigation, but will be unable to attend.

If you go

What: Public workshop of Colorado Bureau of Investigation review of All Crimes Enforcement Team policies

When: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12

Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

The meeting is planned to only cover the CBI’s review of ACET policies.