Aspen newspaper sues for police documents

ASPEN — The Aspen Times is suing for access to documents about a former Basalt police chief.

The newspaper says it filed suit Saturday to force the town to release an investigation report on the professional conduct of former Police Chief Roderick O’Connor ( ). The lawsuit seeks a hearing to determine if the investigation documents should be released under the Colorado Open Records Act.

O’Connor was placed on paid administrative leave in October after the town received a complaint from within the department about him. The nature of the complaint has never been revealed.

Basalt’s attorney said the documents are protected as part of a personnel matter. O’Connor resigned Nov. 23.

Newspaper attorneys argue that investigations into the conduct of a government official on the job don’t qualify as a personnel issue.


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