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McCasky investigation could take months

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By Emile Hallez

A Colorado Independent Ethics Commission investigation into former Jeffco county commissioner Kevin McCasky’s hiring by the Jefferson Economic Council could stretch out for months, the group’s president said Aug. 26, despite having been under way since June.

The commission has so far served at least one subpoena and has interviewed county officials, economic council members and others.

IEC president Jane Feldman, who is conducting the investigation, noted during the Aug. 26 meeting that a subpoenaed interview with former county administrator Jim Moore yielded several documents and testimony not directly related to McCasky’s hiring earlier this year by the economic council. Rather, Moore apparently presented background about county activities during his tenure that could provide context for McCasky’s hiring by the JEC, including information about the county’s contribution in financing the $17 million C-470 and Alameda interchange.

“Because he left Jefferson County a year before the allegations, he doesn’t know anything about this specified violation. But he gave us a lot of background information about patterns or prior conduct,” Feldman said of Moore.

The Board of County Commissioners fired Moore in December 2009. Moore later sued the county, though the case was settled earlier this year for $175,000.

Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint in February alleging McCasky may have “breached his fiduciary duty” as well as a state gift ban for public officials, after he voted to approve the county’s 2011 budget, which included $400,000 in contributions to JEC. The At the time, McCasky was a candidate for the JEC’s top job.

According to interviews with JEC affiliates, McCasky was interviewed Dec. 15, Feldman said. The county passed its budget on Dec. 7.

A representative from Jorgenson Consulting, the contracting agency that performed the JEC’s candidate search, is also cooperating with the investigation and has agreed to provide documents without a subpoena, Feldman said.

The commission, which meets on a monthly basis, seemed to favor a comprehensive investigation, a lengthy endeavor. Feldman said she does not know when a report will be complete.

“That case is still a pretty active investigation,” Feldman said. “(Depending on) how much the commission wants to go into past practices … we can go on for a long time.”

 

Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.comor 303-933-2233, ext. 22. For updates, check www.ColumbineCourier.com.