County cleared of charges from ethics complaint

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The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission (EIC) has cleared the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the county attorney of the charges brought against them pertaining to complaints filed against them.
“In December, 2015, Mr. Gregory Giehl filed complaints against Todd Starr, the former County Attorney for Archuleta County (Complaint 15-31) and against Michael Whiting (Complaint 15-32), Steve Wadley (Complaint 15-33), and Clifford Lucero (Complaint 15-34), the County Commissioners of Archuleta County, Colorado,” reads the background section of a previous EIC report. “The complaints generally allege that, in conjunction with Mr. Starr’s departure from employment with the County, the Commissioners and Mr. Starr violated state law by agreeing to hire Mr. Starr’s new law firm (Rose Walker, LLP, dba Rose, Walker, Starr) to represent the County without following required service procurement procedures.”
In an email to SUN staff, BoCC Chairman Michael Whiting wrote, “In their unanimous decision in Denver yesterday, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) … found the actions of both the Archuleta County BoCC and County Attorney Todd Starr in the process of hiring the Rose Walker Starr Law Firm to represent the County were proper, and that absolutely no state or local ethical standards were violated.”
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