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Idaho Springs officials have confirmed that Officer Ellie Summers has resigned from the police department, effective Nov. 5. There has been a public protest calling for Summers’ resignation after …
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Idaho Springs officials have confirmed that Officer Ellie Summers has resigned from the police department, effective Nov. 5.
There has been a public protest calling for Summers’ resignation after she and former ISPD officer Nicholas Hanning were involved in two separate incidents that resulted in lawsuits against the Idaho Springs Police Department.
Hanning has been charged with third-degree assault of an at-risk person after deploying a stun-gun on an unarmed, elderly resident on May 30. Summers was disciplined internally for the same incident.
According to comments by ISPD Chief Nate Buseck at an Oct. 25 City Council work session, Summers is leaving ISPD to join a “small sheriff’s department.” Buseck did not say which one, but clarified it was not the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.
Additionally, Buseck said three of his other officers have applied for jobs elsewhere, citing lower pay as a reason.
During the work session, Buseck described how the sheriff’s department Summers is joining has better pay, along with a $5,000 signing bonus.
With Summers’ departure, ISPD now has three open officer positions, Buseck detailed, and has received little to no interest from job applicants. The ISPD will now have its remaining five officers switch to 12-hour shifts, which Buseck said could create problems with training and morale.
To combat this, Buseck recommended to City Council that his officers receive a pay raise to put ISPD “in the ballpark with other agencies”, that the city pay for new officers’ equipment, and that ISPD use $10,000 to send a recruit to the law enforcement academy.
The city has already implemented a 4% pay raise for the remaining officers, and is planning a further increase starting in 2022. That item, among others Buseck recommended, will need to be approved by City Council in the 2022 budgeting process.
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