BoCC votes to defend Madrid against complaint, authorizes Starr as legal representation


At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) voted to defend Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder June Madrid in the complaint filed against her by a local resident.

The BoCC also voted to authorize the legal firm Rose, Walker, Starr LLP to represent Madrid in her defense.

Specifically, Attorney Todd Starr will be Madrid’s legal representative.

The decisions were made following an executive session.

According to agenda documentation used at the meeting, the executive session was “for the purpose of the Board receiving legal advice on specific legal questions.”

The executive session’s presenter was County Attorney Starr.

At a work session earlier that day, Starr did admit that the executive session was pertaining to the complaint filed against Madrid on Dec. 15.

The complaint was filed by local resident Greg Giehl and his attorney, Matt Roane.

Giehl’s complaint essentially states that Madrid wrongfully denied access to an executive session recording that took place Sept. 22, 2015, and pertained to Starr.

The complaint states that, for a variety of reasons, the executive session was invalid and deserved to be public knowledge.

The complaint cites the following reasons:

• The complaint alleges that the special meeting that contained the executive session was never properly noticed.

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