Belinda Knisley Tina Peters


Tina Peters, right, Mesa County clerk and recorder, blames the county commissioners for sidelining her Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley, left. Peters says the county has no say over hiring and firing of her workers.

In a smattering of emails to Mesa County commissioners and staff over the past week, clerk Tina Peters rails about comments made about her, defends her sidelined deputy clerk and attacks other county employees, including one of the people appointed to help run this fall’s elections.

In the emails, obtained by The Daily Sentinel through a Colorado Open Records Act request, Peters calls the felony and misdemeanor charges filed against Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley “bogus and unfounded,” complains about “the removal” of one of her election managers, and questions why commissioners were “rushing to usurp my legal authority” by appointing someone else to act as the clerk to the Board of Commissioners, a position Peters’ office controls.