State Real Estate Division director hires lawyer

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State Division of Real Estate Director Erin Toll, who is on leave from her job, has hired an attorney who specializes in employment rights of public workers.

The Denver Post reports that she has hired Evergreen attorney Bill Finger.

Finger declined to say whether Toll’s leave is forced or voluntary but said she is protected from being fired under the state constitution.

Neither Toll nor state officials have been willing to discuss her sudden leave, which division employees were notified of Tuesday afternoon.

The Post says Toll has earned a reputation as an aggressive enforcer of real estate laws and regulations since she took the job in 2006 but that her tactics have been characterized as overzealous and heavy-handed.