Officer’s resignation letter released

A former Grand Junction Police Department officer facing domestic violence charges resigned from the department last week.

Courtney Crooks, 24, wrote in a letter of resignation that he’ll seek career opportunities elsewhere.

“I appreciate all the opportunities I have been given while employed here and I enjoyed serving in this community,” Crooks wrote in the letter addressed to interim Police Chief John Camper. “I wish everyone and the Department much success in the future.”

Crooks’ last day was Sept. 16. He had been on unpaid leave from the department since his arrest Aug. 28 on misdemeanor allegations of harassment related to an August incident involving his wife.

City Attorney John Shaver on Friday denied access to Crooks’ letter of resignation.

Shaver, however, provided the two-paragraph document to The Daily Sentinel on Tuesday, one day after the city was contacted by an attorney with the Colorado Press Association.

Steven Zansberg, a Denver attorney who represents The Daily Sentinel and CPA member newspapers across Colorado, argued letters of resignation from public employees are routinely provided to news organizations as public information under The Colorado Open Records Act.

When questioned on Friday, city officials said Crooks was no longer with the department but refused to say whether he resigned or if he was fired.

Crooks is free on bond and scheduled to return to court next month.

Police have said two internal investigations focused on Crooks were closed by the department last week after Crooks’ departure.


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