The Leadville Police Department is currently under investigation by the office of the Fifth Judicial District Attorney, which is being assisted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The investigation is into “irregular practices regarding the handling and storage of items of evidence, and possible financial improprieties” occuring at the police department, according to a news release from District Attorney Bruce Brown.
Brown said his office initiated the investigation on Jan. 14 at the request of Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe.
The release goes on to say that no timetable exists for a conclusion of the investigation, no arrests have been made and no criminal charges are currently pending. Information will be released as it becomes available.
The City of Leadville is currently recruiting for a new police chief.
Former Chief Mike Leake resigned his position on Dec. 22, 2015. At the time, then-Leadville Mayor Jaime Stuever would not comment on the resignation, saying it was a personnel matter. He said he did not ask the chief for the resignation but also indicated that Leake didn’t have much choice in the matter.
The Herald subsequently learned that Leake had been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Aurora on Feb. 21, 2015, leading to his spending seven days in the Arapahoe County detention facility this past October.