Stuart Orzach

Stuart Orzach 7 months, 2 weeks ago on City of Steamboat announces six police chief finalists

Anyone who is aware of the issues surrounding the Police Department, and the subsequent investigation, is awaiting the rest of the story on the Walmart incident, We only have half the story, and we don't even know if that part is true. Consider the source of the information.

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Stuart Orzach 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Letter to the Editor: Response to Monger

The phrasing may be too indelicate for the thin-skinned and the politically correct classes, but the sentiment is clear and has nothing to do with people from Florida and Texas, or with being friendly and willing to help strangers. It was expressed in the recent URA discussions as well.

The sentiment is, "When is enough enough?". What makes some people think Steamboat Springs can just keep adding more and more of everything and everybody, and let someone else suffer the consequences.

During the URA discussions, it was refreshing to hear the Commissioners tell the City staff what they really thought. City Council would do well to take a lesson from the Commissioners on saying what needs to be said and not being afraid to do so.

Yes, Doug does have a special way with words, but listening to him is never dull. He gets his point across and that's all that matters.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months ago on Hinsvark: Investigator found "paramilitary" culture at Steamboat Springs Police Department

I just listened to the audio tape. This is a real whitewash. As I posted in a related article, my concern is that we would get reports 3,4 and 5 and still not have our questions answered. The audio tape reveals that this concern is valid. Hinsvark's comments, near the end, that the Police Department was a closed department, did things their own way, didn't get involved with the City's Finance Department or Personnel Department, and that this is common practice, are all very damning. She absolves herself of blame by saying that Joel Rae inherited 30 years of this culture and was trained in it, and that she inherited Joel Rae. This is a pathetic excuse. A City Manager should know what is happening under her watch, and the meeting with Bantle should have raised red flags, set off alarms even. Hinsvark brushes it off by saying Nuanes thought she made the right call after the meeting with Bantle. But that's just hearsay, isn't it?

When will we find out about the alleged surcharges on citations, and the quota system? When will we find out about the allegations that Joel declared all the officers' oaths invalid, and brought in a judge to swear in the officers to uphold Federal law, after amendment 64 was passed?.

I'm sorry that your reporter didn't ask these questions but spent so much time on petty details of a more lascivious or titillating nature.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months ago on AUDIO: Segments of Hinsvark interview

I just listened to the audio tape. This is a real whitewash. As I posted in a related article, my concern is that we would get reports 3,4 and 5 and still not have our questions answered. The audio tape reveals that this concern is valid. Hinsvark's comments, near the end, that the Police Department was a closed department, did things their own way, didn't get involved with the City's Finance Department or Personnel Department, and that this is common practice, are all very damning. She absolves herself of blame by saying that Joel Rae inherited 30 years of this culture and was trained in it, and that she inherited Joel Rae. This is a pathetic excuse. A City Manager should know what is happening under her watch, and the meeting with Bantle should have raised red flags, set off alarms even. Hinsvark brushes it off by saying Nuanes thought she made the right call after the meeting with Bantle. But that's just hearsay, isn't it?

When will we find out about the alleged surcharges on citations, and the quota system? When will we find out about the allegations that Joel declared all the officers' oaths invalid, and brought in a judge to swear in the officers to uphold Federal law, after amendment 64 was passed?.

I'm sorry that your reporter didn't ask these questions but spent so much time on petty details of a more lascivious or titillating nature.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months ago on Our view: City needs to stop stonewalling

I'm concerned that the reports will be released but they will not directly address the allegations in the Kleiber, Moore or Bantle letters. Such was the case with reports 1 and 6. It would serve people well, at this time, to reread the original letters.

We still don't know if there were surcharges, on citations, that were funneled into the police Department. We still don't know if there was a quota system imposed on patrol officers. We still don't know if, following the passage of amendment 64, the former chief declared all the officers' oaths invalid, and called in a judge to administer a new oath of allegiance to Federal law.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on Our View: Hayden at crossroads

I don't think that jumpstarting housing starts in largely unoccupied subdivisions or filling nearly empty industrial parks are legitimate criteria for making this decision.

Sometimes when you build it they don't come. That's not the citizens' problem to solve.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Jim Engelken: Apology to Hinsvark

Scott is right. The City Manager does not come out of this incident looking squeaky clean.

One can only imagine what goes on behind the scenes in this City.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Our View: Take a stand for openness, transparency

The City Manager, as the subject of the executive session on personnel matters, unilaterally chose to have the hearing in public. That is her right. She was not merely "approving" a Council decision. Her choice was independent of "the urging of a few Council members".

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Scott Wedel: Public deserves to know

Last Friday's meeting is one of the most disturbing I have ever viewed.

It is implicit that 2 decisions were made outside of open meetings. One is to terminate the City Manager. The second is to pay her more than the severance pay stipulated in her contract. The citizens clearly ended up paying legal protection money. Yet, the legal risk was not substantiated. What's more, the Council sought legal advice from their attorney in the presence of the City Manager, while the City Manager spoke to her attorney in private. Arguments put forth by some Council members that the extra severance was a performance bonus or was following precedent rang hollow.

The whole event served to further erode the public's trust in Council.

After the public session, the Council went into executive session to discuss the letter from the newspaper alleging violations of open meetings law. Upon emerging from that, Sonja Macys declared that, although she was physically present at the executive session, she was prevented from participating.

What is the public supposed to think?

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