Employee violators?

It’s a bit mind-boggling that the Mesa County commissioners are considering the possibility of seeking misdemeanor criminal charges in connection with code-violations against two county employees.

That the employees in question — Mark and Anna Lasley — are themselves employed by the county in law enforcement positions only adds to the level of bewilderment. Mark Lasley is a deputy sheriff and Anna Lasley a secretary in the district attorney’s office.

Sheriff Stan Hilkey said he has opened an internal investigation into Mark Lasley’s conduct, citing a requirement that sheriff’s employees conduct themselves in ways that reflect favorably on the department.

We presume that District Attorney Pete Hautzinger is not blind to the peculiar juxtaposition of one of his employees working in an office dedicated to upholding the law while apparently defying it simultaneously at home.

It occurs to us that having one’s employer publicly considering a court-ordered cleanup of one’s property might qualify as a poor reflection on any county department, but we’re willing to keep an open mind on the matter. We’ll also keep an open mind on the issue of the Lasleys converting their garage into living space without obtaining building permits.

But we do hope that Sheriff Hilkey completes his investigation as quickly as possible and that the Lasleys complete the cleanup of their home at 180 Rainbow Drive even more quickly and spare themselves, their employers and the people who pay their salaries the ignominy of any further public proceedings.


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