Oak Creek chief, sergeant resign

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— Embattled Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio and Sgt. Erik Foster tendered their resignations Thursday.

The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously accepted the resignations during its meeting tonight. Caterinicchio submitted his resignation letter at 5 p.m. Thursday. Foster gave his resignation verbally to Town Trustee and Police Commissioner Chuck Wisecup. The town's community service officer, Tony VanDeventer, also resigned.

The Town Board convened at 7 p.m. and immediately went into executive session. After meeting behind closed doors for about 30 minutes, board members emerged and made a motion to accept the resignations. Neither Caterinicchio nor Foster were in attendance.

Part-time Oak Creek police Officer Eileen Rossi said Caterinicchio has turned in all of his equipment, including chain-of-custody materials and the department's evidence vault. She said Foster will turn in his equipment Friday morning.

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and Undersheriff David Bustos attended tonight's meeting and said they will work with Oak Creek's police commissioners and Rossi to ensure a smooth transition and provide law enforcement coverage of Oak Creek.

Caterinicchio has been under fire for several months, with some town residents and business owners complaining about how the police department goes about its business. A group of business owners met recently and signed a letter presented to the Town Board this week calling for the resignations or terminations of Caterinicchio and Foster.

Caterinicchio and Foster could not immediately be reached for comment.

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