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Town clerk seeks restraining order against citizen

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A citizen's request for information at Crawford Town Hall led to the issuing of a temporary restraining order against a Crawford citizen by the town clerk.

A Motion for Civil Protection order was filed on June 30 in Delta County Combined Court on behalf of Cally Gallegos, 53, who was hired as town clerk in February. Gallegos alleges that Crawford resident Carl Page was a threat to her life or health. Gallegos states that she feared physical or emotional harm by Page.

Gallegos alleges that on the afternoon of June 29, Page became hostile after he requested and was denied contact information on current council members. Gallegos wrote in the motion that she told him she denied him the information "because they were private emails and that legally the council can't email town info w/private emails." When Page asked why, "I responded that it is CML (Colorado Municipal League) Law."

At that point, she alleges, he called her a liar and said he would quote her on her statement. According to Gallegos, he then told her, 'oh we are going to have a lot of fun' and I replied 'I'm not' and he came back in the doors, shaking his finger at me and said 'NO WE ARE going to have fun!!'"

Gallegos also alleges that Page, 64, "has been bullying the past Mayor (Susie Steckel) and the former Town Clerk (Jackie Savage)." Steckel was mayor from 2012-2016 and Savage was town clerk for five years and retired from the town in June, 2015.

Gallegos also alleges in the petition that Page "...seems to have some issues with women, that he thinks have authority."

A letter by Page, published in the June 29 issue of the DCI, criticizes the current town council on several points, including its ongoing efforts to establish a municipal court, which Page opposes. Page told the DCI that he denies allegations that he made any threats or was any danger to Gallegos, or that he has issues with women. "I was simply looking for information," said Page. He said he has been a registered nurse for 30 years and has been a member of the National Nurses Union, which he said promotes equal rights and pay for women, for about a decade.

Under the temporary order, Page is forbidden to contact the petitioner and is to stay at least 100 yards from town hall and the United States Post Office in Crawford. He was allowed by County Court Judge Sandra K. Miller to attend the July 6 town meeting (see related story). A Delta County Sheriff's Office deputy sat with Gallegos throughout the meeting.

Both parties represented themselves at a hearing on Friday in Delta County Court. Judge Miller granted Page's request for a continuance while he seeks legal council. Gallegos stated no objection to the continuance, but exercised her right to have the hearing re-scheduled for July 22, giving Page the maximum 14 days allowed for a continuance. Judge Miller also will allow Page to attend the July 20 town work session.

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