Investigator done with interviews for Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation |

Investigator done with interviews for Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation

Scott Franz

— The investigation into accusations of misconduct against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle is winding down.

Kathy Nuanes, the independent investigator the city hired to look into the accusations, has completed all of her interviews and is now working on a report to give to city staff.

City staff expects to receive the findings of the investigation by the end of the month.

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said a detailed report for the city’s personnel files and a summary of the report for the community could come simultaneously.

Meanwhile, Karl Gills, the public information officer the city hired specifically for the investigation, has stepped down.

Hinsvark said as the investigation proceeded and began to wind down, there wasn’t much the PIO could report to the community.

“He has decided we shouldn’t continue to employ him for the purpose of doing nothing,” Hinsvark said. “I appreciate what he did for us in the beginning. He kept us on track while we did the initial communication.”

The city initially agreed to pay Gills $6,000 per month for his work but reduced that amount to $3,000 per month because the workload wasn’t as heavy as initially anticipated.

Hinsvark and Anne Small, the city’s director of general services who is overseeing the investigation, said the report from the police investigation could be lengthy.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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