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Former county administrator sues Jeffco

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By Emile Hallez

Former county administrator Jim Moore filed a lawsuit April 5 against Jefferson County and its three commissioners, alleging the county violated provisions of his employment contract, denied him benefits and wrongfully fired him.

The suit, which puts forth six claims of relief, notes that Moore was terminated shortly after county critic Mike Zinna won a lawsuit against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. Moore testified during the lawsuit, saying Jeffco officials attempted to silence Zinna in 2005. Moore’s complaint alleges his termination on Dec. 9, 2009, resulted from his exercising lawful rights, including truthful testimony and maintaining a diary of activities he witnessed.

Jefferson County had not yet been served with the complaint on April 6, and was therefore unable to comment on the suit, County Attorney Ellen Wakeman said.

Open-records requests filed by the Columbine Courier seeking to obtain documents detailing the specific rationale for Moore’s termination have been repeatedly denied.

For a more in-depth story about the lawsuit, see the print edition of next week’s Columbine Courier.

Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.