CO: Weld County commissioners quarrel over utility company meetings, document release

After one county commissioner released confidential records to protest county meetings with utility companies, the rest of the commissioners are left scratching their heads.

Commissioner Sean Conway recently released emails, which detailed the county’s attorney giving the board legal advice before a planned September meeting with Xcel Energy, alleging the meeting was a kind of unethically private correspondence called ex parte communication. The emails went public this week when a conservative blog published them.

“If there truly was an issue, I don’t know why he was at (that) meeting,” Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said, noting Conway didn’t seem concerned enough to skip the meeting. Conway is known for missing meetings he disagrees with. As an example, he did not attend a county training this summer in Breckenridge, stating the travel expense was excessive.