Brainard no longer working at West Star
Embattled Grand Junction City Councilor Rick Brainard has disappeared from the contact directory for local aircraft services firm West Star Aviation Inc., prompting questions about whether he has been fired by the company.
Brainard was sworn in Monday as one of four new members of the Grand Junction City Council, just weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend.
Brainard’s name, listed on an online directory as West Star’s vice president of business development, has been removed from the company website, though a cached version of Brainard’s listing in the directory was still available via Google Tuesday.
West Star CEO Robert Rasberry would not confirm Tuesday that Brainard had been let go, telling a reporter, “I’m not going to comment on that.”
Messages left for both Brainard and Dave Krogman, general manager of West Star’s Grand Junction facility, were not returned Tuesday.
An operator who answered West Star’s general phone number Tuesday said Brainard was “not there,” and indicated there was no way to leave a voice mail message for him.
Brainard is due in court May 17, when a plea deal and sentencing date was set in his case.