Council to discuss ACET review today

Officials to host public workshop before regular meeting

If you go

What: Craig City Council workshop on the All Crimes Enforcement Team

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

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

Craig City Council agenda

Regular meeting: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at City Hall

Agenda:

• Roll call

• Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

• Approval of Dec. 8, 2009, meeting minutes

• Approval of December bills

• Approval of agenda

• Consent agenda:

— Approve renewal of the tavern liquor license for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 at 419 E. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

— Approve renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. No cause shown for denial.

— Approve special events permit for the Craig Rotary Club for the Diamonds & Spurs Dinner Dance on Jan. 23, 2010 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

• Audience:

— Consideration of appointments to the Craig/Moffat County Airport board.

• Other business

— Consideration of the purchase of the sludge pond land.

— Resolution No. 1 (2010): A resolution designating a public place for posting notice of any meeting as required under the open meetings law.

— Resolution No. 2 (2010): A resolution declaring the Craig Daily Press as the official newspaper of the city.

— Resolution No. 3 (2010): A resolution authorizing tastings, pursuant to CRS 12-47-301(10).

• Staff reports

— Police Department monthly report.

— Water Department monthly report.

— Wastewater Department monthly report.

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Adjourn

After a five-week hiatus during the holidays, the Craig City Council plans to start the new year where it left off — addressing concerns regarding the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

City officials plan to host a public workshop about the Colorado Bureau of Inves­tigation’s independent review of the agency at 5:30 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

The council then will have its first regular meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

City Manager Jim Ferree said CBI agent Curt Williams, who performed the ACET inquiry, will give a presentation at the workshop on his findings and recommendations of how to improve the task force.

According to ACET records, the ACET board already has adopted many of his suggestions.

The board includes high-ranking officials from the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Steamboat Springs Police Department, with assistance from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Hayden Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Ferree said most ACET board members also plan to attend.

Councilors began to question the agency — and, at times, criticize its leadership — after two Craig Police officers assigned to the unit were investigated and brought up on criminal charges.

Former Detective Ken Johnson is scheduled for a jury trial May 24 after he pleaded not guilty to three felony charges in Moffat County District Court.

Bob Brabo, a Craig Police officer assigned to replace Johnson on the task force after the detective was forced out, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft late last year after he was charged for stealing $500 in ACET drug buy money.

The meeting also comes shortly after Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall released a letter he wrote to Steamboat Police Chief J.D. Hays that was openly critical of ACET and its commander, Garrett Wiggins.

Wall’s office does not participate in the agency, which he and his letter stated was because he thought the agency routinely abuses its power and violates residents’ constitutional rights.

He also said it seems ACET and the Craig Police Department tried to hide the truth about Johnson’s actions, and looked the other way as he broke the law and internal code of conduct policies.

Other local law enforcement officials responded to the sheriff and said his comments were politically motivated and not based in reality.

Wall and Wiggins ran against each other for Routt County sheriff in 2006, and Wiggins has filed papers to run against Wall again this year.

Law enforcement and political officials throughout the valley said Wall was trying to get a leg up in the coming election by attacking Wiggins through ACET.

The City Council also has several new issues on its meeting agenda for after the workshop.

City officials plan to discuss a proposal to buy land the city now uses for its wastewater sludge pond from the state for $80,000.

Although this is above the $50,000 budgeted for the acquisition, the city has set aside reserve dollars collected through wastewater fees for capital improvements to the sludge ponds.

The council also plans to discuss a resolution allowing liquor stores to conduct beer, wine and liquor tastings and will hear monthly reports from the police, water and wastewater departments.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com.

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