Myers rebuts Truden’s comments
Former district attorney Mac Myers wrote a letter to county commissioners in the 9th Judicial District in which he contended he left his office in good financial shape for his predecessor, Colleen Truden. The assertions came as no surprise to Garfield County Commissioners, who received the letter last week. Myers took issue with Truden indicating to various county commissions that she’d had to make some expenditures because of sloppy financial management by Myers before he left. “Although I have been watching the controversy surrounding the DA’s office in recent weeks, I have not commented on it publicly other than to say the computer system in the Glenwood office worked fine on January 10, and that Micro Solutions did a good job at a reasonable cost for us while they maintained our computer system,” wrote Myers, noting statements he made in newspaper articles that alleged mismanagement of Truden’s office computer service providers.”However, it has come to my attention that Colleen is blaming her budget problems on my administration. I feel like all of you, the county commissioners for the counties in the 9th (Judicial District), need to hear from me,” he wrote. The letter’s contents didn’t surprise Garfield County Commissioners John Martin or Trsi Houpt, who said they knew Myers to be fiscally responsible and open when questioned. “He is very conscious and will be straight-forward,” said Martin. “Everything he’s asked (the commissioners) for was legitimate.”Myers’ letter gave an overview of what he left Truden with when he left office. “What I want to say about the accounting procedure is this. We used an accounting software program that produced comprehensive financial records. Anticipating what Colleen is doing now, we made and kept copies of our financial records for 2004, and if you would like to see what kind of shape they were in when we closed the 2004 books, I would be happy to make them available to any of you who want to see them. The fact that we were able to close out 2004 and have our annual audit completed before January 10 should say something about the organization and thoroughness of those records,” he wrote. “Further, we left those records with Colleen in banker’s boxes along with copies of every check written stapled to the voucher and invoice or other document supporting the expenditure,” read the letter. “We went out of our way to effect a smooth transition and all we got in return was peevishness, procrastination, and condescension sprinkled with misrepresentations and lies,” wrote Myers. Truden has said she had to make payments on bills left unpaid from Myers’ administration, which Myers took issue with. “I heard Colleen say we left her with a stack of bills and made significant expenditures against the 2005 budget. I recall leaving only one bill for her to pay: the bill for 2005 (Colorado District Attorneys’ Council) dues which is a budgeted 2005 item. We did make expenditures against the 2005 budget, but all payments debited to the 2005 budget were for items budgeted in the 2005 budget,” he wrote. Myers spent about $40,000 on the 2005 budget, he wrote. Myers also acknowledged that some bills from 2004 likely needed to be paid in 2005, but those bills were from other judicial districts for special prosecutors who did work for Myers. In those instances, Myers didn’t have any control over when his office received the bill. Truden’s office may also have been left with bills from 2004, but only ones for which the state will reimburse the district attorneys office, he wrote. “While I am content to let Colleen’s problems play themselves out, I will not allow my administration to be a scapegoat for her mismanagement,” he wrote. The idea of Myers’ administration as a scapegoat resonated with Houpt. “I think sometimes it’s easier to try to blame someone than to rationalize decisions you’ve made yourself,” she said. Truden could not be reached for comment.
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