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Leadville police department under investigation

Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Prosecutors say they have launched an investigation into the Leadville Police Department's evidence practices and financial dealings after concerns about irregularities and improprieties surfaced.

The 5th Judicial District Attorney's Office said early Thursday the probe was launched at the request of the mountain town's mayor, Greg Labbe.

The formal investigation began Jan. 14, officials say.

Labbe told The Denver Post on Thursday that he was not allowed to comment on the investigation.

While few details on why the inquiry was launched were released, prosecutors say they are working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on the case.

"Further information concerning the investigation will be released as it becomes available," the district attorney's office said in a statement. "No specific timetable exists for a conclusion of the investigation. There have been no arrests, and there are no criminal charges pending."

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According to the town's website, the police chief's position is vacant, and applications are being fielded for the job.

Leadville's newspaper, The Herald Democrat, reported the last chief, Mike Leake, resigned in a cloud of controversy in December after holding the post for about six years.

"Making any connectivity between (the resignation) and anything else that happened would probably be inappropriate," Labbe said.