Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pueblo city councilman resigns under cloud of scandal

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

click to enlarge Kaufman talking to KOAA. - SCREENSHOT
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  • Kaufman talking to KOAA.
One of our news stories this week follows ground broken by the Pueblo Chieftain in reporting the influence one county official, Greg Severance, appeared to have over three City Councilors. The paper obtained over 1,000 pages of emails revealing the conversations.

Yesterday, one of those named, Councilor Chris Kaufman, resigned his post. Council will appoint his replacement.

"As all of you know, I have been accused of being illegal in steps I have taken recently on my term with City Council, as well as being a racist," Kaufman writes in a resignation letter first obtained by KOAA-TV. "Charges were levied, the court hearing was held, and judgement pronounced by our local newspaper."

Prior to his resignation, Kaufman, like Councilors Sandy Daff and Ami Nawrocki, was the target of a recall effort driven by some local businesspeople named in the emails.

Here's the Chieftain yesterday:
At Monday night’s council meeting, there were calls from the audience for the trio of members to resign but Kaufman seemed stoic about the criticism.

He joked later in a discussion about city street lights that he hadn’t taken part in “any secret meetings with city staff.” No one laughed.

If critics are successful in collecting sufficient voter signatures on their petitions to recall Daff and Nawrocki, there would be a special election in January. 

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