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Commissioners to Kalenak: The county is moving forward

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On Jan. 22, JoAnn Kalenak, president of Delta County Citizen Report, was back before Commissioners Don Suppes and Mike Lane to reiterate her concerns about Elyse Casselberry.

Casselberry, county community and economic developer, is also under contract with the Town of Collbran. In previous meetings, Kalenak accused Casselberry of "moonlighting" on her county position and "probable time theft fraud."

Kalenak, who calls herself "a constituent and government watchdog," said, "It is clear to me -- as it should be clear to you -- that Ms. Casselberry's contract with the Town of Collbran is not in the best interest of Delta County and the commissioners' failure to act is a violation of the public trust."

Kalenak said many local residents believe their trust has been violated in the matter.

Kalenak said, "Bottom line, this practice is unlawful and administrator [Robbie] LeValley is sanctioning the practice, by way of her co-signature on Casselberry's time sheets, as is the Board of County Commissioners by not holding everyone involved responsible."

Kalenak further said, "Please understand, Commissioners, I expect a responsible resolution to this matter from the Board of County Commissioners that promotes fair, honest and equitable treatment and policies for all Delta County employees while prioritizing the public's interests."

When Kalenak's complaints surfaced in December, the commissioners said they were aware of the contract Casselberry had with Town of Collbran for eight hours a week providing consultant work in administration and planning. They have repeatedly praised the work, competency and integrity of both Casselberry and LeValley.

Don Suppes, chair of the county commissioners, told Kalenak, "Elyse Casselberry is an exempt employee. Her work with Collbran is not a conflict of interest. There is nothing unlawful about this matter. This is a non-issue with the Board of County Commissioners. The commissioners have received zero complaints -- no one has come forward with complaints about Elyse Casselberry.

"We are moving forward," Commissioner Suppes said.

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