Through a public records request, KVNF has obtained the written charges for the dismissal of the former Paonia Town Clerk.
The document explains at length the financial issues the town is facing and cites those problems as the original reason for laying off Barbara Petersen.
According to the notice, the town asked Petersen to resign, but she declined. So the town let her go.
However, the issue is that under Colorado statute appointed officials can’t be dismissed without written charges and a hearing.