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Additional documents from Weld County political candidate’s personnel file shed light

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

Three previously unreleased performance evaluations from Weld County Clerk and Recorder candidate Elisa Kunkel's personnel file reveal more interpersonal problems within the office pre-dating current Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes' tenure.

The performance evaluations, for 2009, 2010 and 2011 weren't included in personnel documents Weld County submitted to Weld District Court for review and release. The court action came after The Greeley Tribune requested job-related performance records for Kunkel to verify claims made in Kunkel's ongoing federal lawsuit against Koppes and in statements Kunkel has made about her candidacy for the top job.

Those documents were subsequently released Thursday after The Tribune and Complete Colorado noticed years of missing records.

As in previous evaluations, Kunkel's performance between 2008-11 was noted for strong customer service. But evaluations also highlighted problems with attendance, personal phone calls and overall attitude issues.

"Her attitude of 'I don't care in the office' has been noticed by many and tends to drag the office down a little," Cynthia Loftus, Kunkel's supervisor, wrote in her 2010-11 evaluation.

Kunkel and other employees once pointed to Koppes as the cause for office morale issues, but this note suggests there may have been some problems before Koppes took the helm in January 2015.

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Still, Koppes' early tenure featured high turnover and high wait times, and an independent audit found a strong majority of employees saw low morale, favoritism and retaliation in the clerk's office during Koppes' tenure.

Koppes' reaction to the audit was largely to shift blame, blaming the Board of Weld County Commissioners for staffing shortages, the Weld County recruiter for high turnover and middle managers for retaliation and favoritism accusations.

In the employee comments portion of her evaluations, Kunkel took a similar tact, debating manager-identified issues at length.

"The office has its own issues," Kunkel said in her 2010-11 evaluation. "By putting me to blame for the office attitude is way off. I think there is a lot of jealousy in this office because the public just seems to like me."

When questioned about previous disciplinary action or negative notes in evaluations, Kunkel has called it an opportunity to grow.

"You point out weaknesses in order to strengthen yourself," Kunkel has said. "It's a good thing, because they made me the person I am today."

— 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.