Denver firm chosen for investigation

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Mayor Steve Bach hired a Denver law firm to undertake an investigation of allegations of misdeeds in city government.

Kelly, Stacy and Rita LLC has been hired and will start an investigation immediately, according to a city press release.

Former finance director Terri Valasquez was fired earlier this year, and she has hired a law firm, saying she was fired only because she brought mishandling of funds to the attention of the city government. She alleges that Steve Cox, interim city manager, was overpaid, and that funds for the United States Olympic Committee’s new headquarters were mishandled.

Bach ordered an investigation last week, a move supported by the city council in meetings this week.

“The firm I have hired has never had any involvement with, for or against The City of Colorado Springs. They have represented a number of the largest companies in Colorado and nationally and have vast experience in employment law cases as well as internal investigations and matters involving financial misconduct,” Bach said.

Lead attorney Dave Stacy, senior partner at Kelly, Stacy & Rita LLC, has more than 30 years’ experience in employment law, is past chairman of the Labor and Employment Law section of the Colorado Bar, and has been selected for inclusion on numerous lists of the best employment lawyers in Colorado for many years.

The investigation is expected to be handled swiftly, the press release said.

“This process will determine the facts in this matter, and will I hope, restore trust in city government,” Bach said.