City Council Supports Employees Facing Civil Suits

The Grand Junction City Council is standing behind nine city employees who have had charges filed against them while they were on duty. Six officers with the Grand Junction Police Department and three members of the Grand Junction Fire Department are the subjects of civil suits.

Two separate cases have been filed against them. One case is federal and names five police officers along with the Chief of Police Greg Morrison and three members of the fire department including the Fire Chief Rick Beaty.

Jeff Orahack filed for punitive damages for alleged mistreatment. The City council will defend these individuals and has have determined the officers and fire fighters were acting appropriately and within the scope of their employment.

A separate case has been filed in County Court against a Grand Junction police officer. This case is completely unrelated to the first one. Arthur Cisneros, a convicted felon, claims the injuries he received from the officer gave him nightmares.

The City Council didn't have to defend either of these cases as stated in the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, however, in both cases the Council determined it would be in the public interest to defend the employees.
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