No one else in the hot seat as a result of W/J investigation |

No one else in the hot seat as a result of W/J investigation

John Colson

Now that an independent investigator has cleared housing official Stefanie Levesque of wrongdoing, information gathered in the probe will probably not be used to target others, a county official said this week.

“I’m not targeting anybody,” Pitkin County Attorney John Ely said Thursday, in response to questions about what he will do with the information gathered by Ed W. Killam of Alliance Services Inc.

Killam looked into into alleged improprieties in the sales of certain houses at the W/J Ranch affordable housing complex near Woody Creek.

Housing officials and Ely turned to an outside agency to conduct the probe after former W/J resident David Schoenberger questioned the dealings surrounding the sale of a home to Levesque, an enforcement officer for the Housing Authority.

In a statement issued this week, Ely cleared Levesque and her husband, Michael, of any wrongdoing in connection with the W/J sales.

But, he added, “There are other things in this investigation that I have to look at.” He said Killam submitted a series of memoranda detailing interviews with more than two-dozen local officials and individuals, and outlining information gleaned from available paperwork relating to the matter.

That will mainly involve a careful reading of the memos “to see if there’s any other action that needs to be taken, or not,” Ely said.

He said he read the memos regarding the Levesques, and the documentation concerning the charges against them, and wrote the report exonerating the couple based on that review.

He plans to pay similar attention to the other interviews and information, dealing with a half-dozen sales of homes at W/J. But, he said, he does not expect at this point to be pursuing any action concerning the individuals involved.

Although the cost of the investigation was projected to be around $25,000, Ely said he has not received the final bills and does not know what the total will be. He said he also has no way of knowing the costs to the taxpayers in terms of his time and the time of various other government officials, including several at the housing office.

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