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Newberry doesn’t favor bringing back the marshal’s office, which was shut down last November following the exit of Marshal Tim Bradley. Instead, she supports exploring the possibility of forming a cooperative law enforcement agreement with El Paso County.
Last week, the GMF Board of Trustees by a 7-0 verdict voted to accept the resignation of Bradley, the town’s head law enforcement chief for the last two and a half years, and agreed to offer him a $12,000 severance package, with the details to be worked out by the town attorney. Bradley left his position on Friday and the locks on the marshal’s building were changed and the phones were disconnected, according to GMF Mayor Lorrie Worthey.
The timing of the marshal’s exit, and the circumstances behind this move, are generating a slew of concerns, mostly voiced on social media outlets, with some residents viewing this move as the final death blow for the town’s long-standing tradition of having a head marshal. Others also believe this was the culmination of a campaign orchestrated by several elected leaders, who allegedly had an “ax to grind” with the former police chief.
The majority trustees, though, say that isn’t the case. This compensation offer, which occurred in a closed door meeting on Nov. 5, came shortly after the trustees indicated they would keep the marshal’s office but would restructure the department. “They restructured it alright. They got rid of the marshal,” blasted Dick Bratton, a long-time resident and former mayor and council member. “This is very sad. In my opinion, he was the best marshal Green Mountain Falls ever had.” “I am very concerned,” said Worthey. “I am totally against the direction this (agreement) seems to be headed. The timing is definitely questionable. There seems to be a private agenda,” added the mayor, who has found herself at odds with the majority trustee members on a variety of issues, including the operations of the marshal’s office.
originally posted by: NthOther
It sounds an awful lot like the marshal simply got tired of the town's stupid bulls# and called it a day.
Typical small town politics. Dirtier than the feds.