A civil suit has been filed against the City of Delta and the Delta Police Department, alleging the city has a policy and practice of permitting automobiles to be seized and sold and benefitting from their sale without proper procedure.
The suit was filed by Grand Junction residents Sosha Trujillo and her mother, Terrie Johnson, who claim their 2004 Jaguar automobile was improperly impounded and subsequently sold. Named as defendants are DPD officers Robert Thomas (former chief), Rdean Young and Jesse Cox.
A release signed by Robert Thomas, former chief of police for the City of Delta, has been disclosed by order of Judge Steven Schultz. The document was the subject of a court hearing last week after a Colorado Open Records Act request was filed by the DCI and other media.
After written Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests, the City of Delta has disclosed Robert Thomas received a $50,000 severance payment upon his retirement as police chief.
The city initially refused to disclose that information, citing "personnel" issues, but city attorney David McConaughy agreed the payment is public information.
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