Dinosaur Town Council hires new top cop, plans to end temporary agreement with Moffat County Sheriff’s Office
Dinosaur Town Council Trustee David Heinrich alleged Reed wasn’t honest and was fired for disobedience.
“He went behind our back,” Heinrich said. “If you have an employee who does the opposite of what you tell him to do, that employee will suffer the consequences.”About a month after the Craig Press’ January report, the Dinosaur Town Council took a second taxpayer-funded trip Thursday, Feb. 28, to Steamboat Springs to testify before a grand jury regarding the sealed investigation into the small town of about 300.Trustee David Heinrich on Tuesday, Feb. 26, confirmed he and at least eight others were served a second round of subpoenas by 14th Judicial District attorneys on or about Feb. 18 compelling them to appear before a grand jury.The grand jury would decide whether to charge anyone with a crime, but its proceedings are secret and sealed from public disclosure.
“It’s costing the taxpayers money,” Heinrich said of the town administration’s trips to Steamboat. “If they’d (Dinosaur residents) just come to the budget meetings, we wouldn’t even be here.”This week, Smith said he hasn’t heard anything from the district attorney or the grand jury since testifying.“They’re doing their investigation,” Smith said. “They interviewed a lot of us, and I’ve not heard a word about it. They’ve treated us with respect.”The hiring of a new town marshal in Dinosaur means an intergovernmental agreement with Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to police the town will be coming to an end.Moffat County and Dinosaur officials said the agreement was signed on or about March 8 and consists of a flat $6,000 fee plus $50 per call for service. Smith said the agreement has served the town well.“They’ve done a great job,” Smith said of the sheriff’s office. “We’ve had people on patrol here every day.”Smith said Dinosaur’s new town marshal and his deputy will start work hopefully around May 1.“To get the both of them is a win-win,” Smith said. “It’s really great.”Contact Clay Thorp at 970-875-1795 or cthorp@CraigDailyPress.com.
2:10 a.m. On the 400 block of Washington Street, police in Craig responded to an animal complaint. Craig police said a caller reported being bitten by a dog and police continue to investigate.