Director of Colorado's Parole Division, Tim Hand, fired in light of CALL7 Investigations

DENVER - The Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections Parole Division has been fired.

CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta has confirmed with multiple sources that Tim Hand's last day will be June 30.

Marchetta also obtained photographs of internal memorandum signed by the Department's Interim Executive Director announcing that Steve Hager will continue in the capacity of the interim director of the Parole Division.

Sources say Interim DOC Executive Director Roger Werholtz made the decision to fire Hand. The decision, sources say, was not mutual.

Hand had been placed on paid leave by the DOC after the CALL7 Investigators found gaps in the parole division's response when parolee Evan Ebel absconded and went on a multi-state rampage that involved the shooting deaths of DOC Director Tom Clements and Denver tech professional Nate Leon and the wounding of a Texas sheriff's deputy. Ebel was fatally shot during a wild car chase and shootout with Texas lawmen.

"There's a lot of internal review that's ongoing, but we've also brought in an external review with the National Institute of Corrections," Hand told Marchetta in an interview before he was placed on leave. "And it's our belief with this technical assistance, they come in and we really start to drill down on some of the questions you're raising right now."   

According to DOC documents, Ebel cut off his ankle monitor and his parole officer didn’t check in on him for six days. By then, Leon and Clements were dead.

The CALL7 Investigators found a lack of accountability and an absence of policies requiring parole officers to respond to tamper alerts from ankle bracelets. Then, a parole officer blew the whistle on the department issuing expired ballistic vests and other mismanagement during an interview with Marchetta.

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