Commissioners investigate party boycott memo
Document urges employees to boycott County's Christmas party, protest Commissioners' actions
December 10, 2001
By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
The Moffat County Commissioners are investigating an unsigned memo, purportedly from a Moffat County employee, that urges other county employees to boycott the annual Christmas party.
The memo, which referred to itself as a “silent defiant act of solidarity” is apparently in protest to a number of recent Commissioner projects and changes.
Those projects include the county compensation program, the spending of funds on “pet projects”, such as the Moffat County Public Safety Center, the removal of Dennis Jones as the road and bridge department supervisor, and the allegation that the Commissioners held a secret meeting to consider cancelling the Christmas party.
The memo had a letterhead similar to the one the Moffat County administration presently uses, and was sent by fax to several county departments, and the Craig Daily Press.
The records from the different fax machines show that the memo was sent from either the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, or had the address blanked out.
The Sheriff’s Office fax machine records clearly show the memo was not sent from there, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said.
The origin of the memo is still undetermined, and the county is continuing with an internal investigation, Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton said.
The Commissioners will be holding a meeting for department heads and elected officials Wednesday morning to discuss the memo, the investigation, and the issues listed in the memo as sources of discontent.
“We understand there could be discontent over a new compensation program, but most of that is probably because of misunderstandings about what we are doing,” Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said. “This memo is filled with inflammatory statements that just aren’t true. At the meeting, we will talk about this memo, and discuss any issues that could be causing any discontent,” she said. “Communication is important, and we want to make sure people have the right facts.”
Hampton also denied that the Commissioners ever held a “secret meeting” to discuss canceling the Christmas party for county employees.