DA concludes investigation of Garfield County sheriff | AspenTimes.com

DA concludes investigation of Garfield County sheriff

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson said Thursday that he has concluded his investigation of Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario on allegations of impropriety and misconduct.

Beeson said that he forwarded his findings to Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert in Eagle for review.

While Beeson’s investigation is complete, he said that he would not comment on his findings until after the case is reviewed and returned. He did not speculate on how long that could take.

“[Hurlbert] has not given me an indication of a time frame,” Beeson said. “I’m just going to wait until he’s reviewed the case and sends it back.”

Beeson said sending investigations out for review isn’t “typical protocol” for internal investigations, but he felt further review of the findings in this case were warranted.

“I would not say that it is normal,” he said. “But this is the process I’ve chosen, and I’ve called upon his assistance in this case.”

The investigation came about after an anonymous e-mail was sent to Garfield County Commissioners John Martin and Tresi Houpt and to area newspapers in January. The message alleged a romantic relationship between Vallario and a detention sergeant who works at the Garfield County jail and claimed the relationship resulted in favoritism.

Beeson said previously it would be a difficult case because of the anonymity of the e-mail. The name on the e-mail account was Jim Williams, the same name of a current sergeant with the sheriff’s office. However, Vallario has said he is certain that Williams is not the sender of the message.


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