Clear Creek News Briefs

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/7/21

Former ISPD officer expected to plead guilty on Dec. 9 Nicholas Hanning, the former Idaho Springs police officer charged with assault, is expected to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Hanning …

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Former ISPD officer expected
to plead guilty on Dec. 9

Nicholas Hanning, the former Idaho Springs police officer charged with assault, is expected to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Hanning appeared in court via WebEx on Nov. 30, when County Judge Cynthia Jones continued his disposition hearing to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 to allow all parties to appear in-person and to allow more time for the hearing.

Hanning has been charged with third-degree assault of an at-risk person for deploying a stun gun against Michael Clark, 75, on May 30. Clark was unarmed in his home when he was stunned and has since suffered serious medical problems.

On Dec. 2, the Clark family launched a Change.org petition asking Jones not to accept a plea deal and to call for an outside review of all potential charges. As of 11 a.m. Monday, it had received more than 350 signatures.

“We do not accept that a citizen in our community can be assaulted by a person of trust and not be held accountable,” the family wrote on the petition.

The court has also given permission for Hanning to travel out-of-state for the holidays in late December. He was previously allowed to travel out-of-state for Thanksgiving.

Clark’s lawyer, Timothy Bussey, stated on Nov. 30 expressed the family’s opposition, describing how Clark is unable to travel because of his poor medical condition after being stunned.

“When Mr. Hanning is allowed to travel during the holidays, it does strike a nerve with them,” Bussey said of Clark and his family members.

Jones said she understood the Clarks’ opposition, but felt it would be unfair to prevent Hanning from traveling when he’s already done so without incident.

“I don’t feel like I can prohibit travel for Mr. Hanning and permit it for other individuals before the court,” Jones continued.

Georgetown to hire admin before March

The Georgetown Board of Selectmen hopes its new town administrator will be announced by Feb. 22 and start March 21, if not sooner.

Former Town Administrator Kent Brown departed on Oct. 15, and since then, Steve Rabe has been serving as interim administrator.

During the Nov. 23 selectmen meeting, Rabe recommended the following timeline for hiring the new administrator.

Applications close Dec. 31.

Board reviews the applicants at its Jan. 11 meeting.

Semi-finalists’ interviews completed by Jan. 21.

Finalists submitted to the board at its Jan. 25 meeting.

Board interviews the finalists the week of Feb. 7, and makes its decision by Feb. 22.

The selectmen approved the timeline along with a salary range of $100,000-$119,000. Police Judge Lynette Kelsey said this range was comparable to what Brown made before he left.

Rabe pointed out that three other Colorado municipalities— Green Mountain Falls, Cripple Creek and Florence — will be looking for administrators around the same time as Georgetown. He noted that Cripple Creek’s salary range is the most competitive at $96,000-$150,000, and he said it will likely attract a lot of interest.

Selectman Dienne Powell recommended Georgetown “not get too extravagant too quickly” and start the administrator’s salary range at $90,000. However, Kelsey and other selectmen felt starting at $100,000 would attract more applicants.

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