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Order against Basalt councilman to remain until December

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A temporary protection order filed against Basalt Town Councilman Mark Kittle will remain in effect until late December, according to a court hearing Wednesday.

Lawyers for Kittle and the woman who filed the protection order July 29 said in court that they agreed the order will remain in place until Dec. 23. If no violations occur, the order will be dismissed, said Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely.

Kittle and the woman did not appear in court Wednesday.

Ely also agreed to seal the protection order. Jeremy Bernstein, attorney for the woman who filed the order, said the privacy of those involved “far outweighs the public interest.”

Bernstein declined to comment further after Wednesday’s hearing.

The woman who filed the order was in a relationship with Kittle, but that relationship ended, said Ryan Kalamaya, Kittle’s attorney.

The woman filed a report with Basalt Police on July 29 claiming that Kittle forcefully shoved her May 1 at his house, and she fell and broke her wrist, according to the report.

“I held my arm up … it was instantly crooked,” the woman wrote in the police report. “Mark proclaimed, ‘Well I broke your arm.’”

The woman later had surgery on her wrist, the report states.

“(Kittle) is very volatile and vindictive when it comes to me,” the woman wrote in the application for the protection order.

Kittle denies pushing the woman and denies causing the wrist injury, Kalamaya said.

“It was an unfortunate accident,” he said. “He denies any domestic violence. It is a failed relationship, and there are two sides to every story.”

Kittle was appointed to the Basalt Town Council in 2013 to fill the remaining term of Anne Freedman, who moved to New Jersey. He was elected to a four-year term a year later. He also served on the council from 2004 to 2008

Kittle works as the chief building officer in Snowmass Village.