A Weld County employee alleged sexist comments and harassment at work. Weld commissioners are now mulling a policy change that could make that harder to report. | MyWindsorNow.com

A Weld County employee alleged sexist comments and harassment at work. Weld commissioners are now mulling a policy change that could make that harder to report.

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

A month after a request for Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes' personnel file revealed Koppes' notes on systemic workplace harassment early in her career, Weld County commissioners are working on policy changes that could make those accusations harder to document.

Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. today in an attempt to change human resources policy, forcing employees to get permission from their supervisor or closest elected official — or at least let the supervisor or elected official know — in order to place something in their file, according to interviews with Weld County attorney Bruce Barker and Board of Weld County Commissioners Chairman Steve Moreno.

The move comes a month after The Tribune wrote about sexist comments Koppes endured as a young tech in the clerk's office, as documented in contemporaneous notes Koppes took after each incident. Included among the notes: Then-Weld County Clerk and Recorder Moreno wouldn't take action to stop the harassment.

Two pages of typed notes were in Koppes' personnel file, which The Tribune requested as part of the vetting process for Koppes and her opponent in the clerk and recorder's election, Elisa Kunkel. Koppes' file showed almost universal glowing reviews, but it also shed light on issues with workplace culture Koppes said she endured early in her career. Koppes couldn't be reached for comment on this story.

Moreno denied knowledge of Koppes' complaints, saying it was never brought to his attention despite references to "trouble with warehouse workers" in at least one of Koppes' evaluations.

Now, as chairman of the board of commissioners, Moreno could preside over a change to Weld County human resources policy that could prevent somebody like Koppes from officially documenting workplace issues, particularly if those issues center on a supervisor or elected official.

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The policy hasn't yet been changed, and when reached for comment, Moreno said the policy change wouldn't require supervisor approval. Instead, Moreno wants to see everything documented and for supervisors or elected officials to be made aware.

"In the situation with the clerk (Koppes), there was no date or stamp when that document was put in her file," Moreno said. "I was not aware of Carly having that in her file."

Moreno said he was shocked such documents weren't being recorded to begin with, and he said Weld County human resources staff have already changed policy regarding date-stamping documents.

Moreno said any change that would involve supervisor approval, or supervisor notice, is for the protection of both the employee and the supervisor.

— Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at tsilvy@greeleytribune.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.

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The Board of Weld County Commissioners will discuss possible changes to human resources policy as it relates to employees putting information in their own personnel files at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Weld County Administration Building, 1150 O St.