Police chief declines return to his post
November 9, 2007
ASPEN ” Aspen Police Chief Loren Ryerson announced his resignation Friday amid allegations of sexual harassment by former employees.
Ryerson, who has led the police department for the past six years, made the announcement Friday during a press conference at City Hall. His wife, Mary, was by his side. The couple and their family will continue to live city-regulated housing for two years.
The police chief was placed on paid leave five weeks ago, when an investation into the allegations was launched by the city’s insurance carrier, the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA).
CIRSA determined Ryerson did engage in misconduct related to the sexual harrassment allegations, but his actions didn’t rise to the level of requiring severe disciplinary action, according to City Manager Steve Barwick, who received the results of the probe on Monday.
Barwick said he offered Ryerson his job back on Wednesday, but said some disciplinary action was to be taken against Ryerson. He wouldn’t elaborate on what that action would have been, as it’s a personnel matter.
Barwick said he was following CIRSA’s recommendation to reinstate Ryerson. CIRSA determined that there was no great risk or liability by having Ryerson return to his post.
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For more on Friday’s developments, see Saturday’s Aspen Times.