Council forwards findings |

Council forwards findings

Group aids Ninth Judicial District Attorney-Elect Colleen Truden

An advisory council assembled to gather information for the Ninth Judicial District Attorney-Elect Colleen Truden has completed its task and forwarded findings to Truden.

Truden said she is pleased.

“I am encouraged by the overwhelming interest and positive support from the Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco communities,” she said.

The all-volunteer council’s goal was to open and establish avenues of communication among judicial district community members and the District Attorney’s Office. The group of 13 included Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff and Rangely police Chief Flint Chambers. The group identified six areas and made the following recommendations:

n Improve communication and cooperation between the District Attorney’s Office and all district law enforcement agencies.

n Provide a continuous source of education and training to law enforcement agencies regarding criminal law, and District Attorney’s Office policies and operation.

n Establish internal review of policy, procedures, efficiency, and performance.

n Enhance community relations, including better citizen access to the D.A.’s Office.

n Implement greater responsiveness to the business community.

n And institute an ongoing advisory board for community participation and input.

During her election campaign, Truden promised to request and encourage participation from the three counties she serves.

“This Judicial District is very diverse,” she said. “By involving people from various backgrounds, I will be able to incorporate their valuable insight to customize our efforts and provide optimum service to each distinct community area and the district as a whole.”

Truden said she appreciated the council members for their enthusiasm, commitment, expertise and advice as she prepares to assume the duties as district attorney.

” The key issues identified will help move my office in a constructive direction,” Truden said.

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