Alma marshal resigns; no explanation given
ALMA – Town Marshal Rob Raskiewicz resigned Tuesday in a move that remains unexplained by Raskiewicz himself or town officials.
During its regular meeting, the Alma Board of Trustees went into executive session at Raskiewicz’s request. When it was over, Mayor Bob Ensign informed the public that Raskiewicz had quit. The board then voted to accept the resignation.
Raskiewicz had been placed on administrative leave July 9 because of internal personnel problems, which the board emphasized were unrelated to charges leveled at the marshal last month by the Park County District Attorney.
After a five-month investigation by the Park County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Raskiewicz was charged with felony bribery and official misconduct. He will be called before a judge Monday for an appearance on bond.
Later in the meeting, board members thanked town clerk Nancy Reed for her work in handling a number of major projects for the town at once. When Ensign added his thanks, he also praised the work of all the town employees, “including the marshal,” saying the town had been pleased with his work.
“Now that we’re without a marshal again, we have to come up with a new plan,” Ensign said, and after some discussion, the board decided to appoint Charles “Mac” McGonigal as acting town marshal.
McGonigal, who works full time at the Federal Center in Denver, has been Alma’s reserve officer for about a year.
He told Ensign earlier he could be on duty in Alma for one weekday and the weekends and would be able to schedule four other officers for other days.
The town has an intergovernmental agreement with the Sheriff’s Office to cover 911 calls or other emergencies.
“I only want (the Alma reserve force) to handle traffic and such – no shakedowns or anything like that,” Ensign said.
He suggested the council try the new arrangement for a while.
“This is kind of a stepping stone position, and we’ve gone through a lot of marshals since I’ve been here, so we might as well try something new,” he said.
In the last election, Raskiewicz ran against the current sheriff, Fred Wegener, with the encouragement and support of a number of Alma residents.
“We would be sorry to lose him, but we support him,” Ensign said at the time. The board continued to support Raskiewicz as town marshal after he lost the election and through the charges leveled last month until granting him administrative leave last week.
Raskiewicz was unavailable for comment after the meeting and until press time.
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