An investigation launched last week by the city of Brighton into the conduct of Councilman Kris Jordinelli stemmed from an incident in August during which police say Jordinelli drove drunk to a metropolis council assembly, and when later questioned at his residence, recognized himself as an elected official and instructed the officer “you don’t need to mess with me.”
The Aug. 17 incident is printed in a 12-page police report obtained by The Denver Publish. Jordinelli, who was elected to the council in November 2019, was charged with misdemeanor DUI. The case is scheduled for a Feb. 7 listening to in Adams County.
The town’s investigation, for which the regulation agency of Wilson Williams LLP was employed as a particular prosecutor, is restricted to whether or not Jordinelli’s alleged assertion to police broke any moral requirements or municipal legal guidelines. The town is paying the agency $250 an hour for its work.
The choice by metropolis council final week to nominate the agency to look into the matter was unanimous. Jordinelli was absent for the vote. Brighton officers declined to reveal the identification of the councilman beneath investigation on the time of the town council vote.
The police report states that Jordinelli, 64, arrived for the assembly “matted” in shorts and a polo shirt and “was strolling with an unsteady gait.” A number of officers described a robust odor of alcohol on his breath and video surveillance later obtained by police confirmed that Jordinelli had pushed to metropolis corridor proper earlier than the assembly and parked his Buick “at an angle occupying two parking areas.”
After being escorted downstairs by a fellow councilman from a hallway exterior council chambers, Jordinelli was walked to his close by residence by two metropolis workers members, the report mentioned.
When police contacted him at residence to ask him about his automotive being at metropolis corridor, they described Jordinelli as having “pink watery eyes,” “slurred speech” and being “unsteady on his toes.” Within the report, police mentioned Jordinelli opened his storage door in an obvious effort to point out officers that his automotive was at residence. The storage was empty.
Jordinelli, in line with the report, then requested the officers in the event that they knew who he was. After informing the officers that he was a metropolis councilman, he mentioned “You don’t need to mess with me.”
Jordinelli on Monday mentioned the case “arises out of my struggling a critical medical occasion previous to a gathering and certainly one of my political opponents making an attempt to make use of that occasion now, a number of months after it occurred, to attempt to oust me from workplace.”
“I’m unhappy to see how low others have gone to try to do away with me simply because we could not agree on political points,” he mentioned in an electronic mail. “I sit up for being vindicated of this baseless cost in court docket.”
He didn’t determine who his political opponents are.
Jordinelli was chastised by his colleagues on the council final yr. Throughout a September 2020 digital council assembly, he delivered an incoherent rant after which he was censured by the council. They mentioned his conduct was “inconsistent with the values and beliefs of the Council or the Metropolis of Brighton.”
Jordinelli attributed his habits throughout that assembly to being inebriated and drugs and apologized.
Mayor Gregory Mills on Monday declined to touch upon the present case, citing an energetic investigation. Councilman Adam Cushing instructed The Denver Publish that Jordinelli’s alleged assertion to police was “deeply regarding to me.”
“There isn’t a particular privilege granted to elected officers in Brighton, and in my view, fairly the other,” he mentioned. “We must be held to a excessive customary and will encourage and assist efforts from our regulation enforcement to analyze any potential violations of the regulation, particularly when it entails an elected official.”