Parole Division enters partnership with state employee union Colorado Wins

DENVER - The Department of Corrections' Parole Division is now in partnership with Colorado Wins, the state employees' union.

The partnership was announced in an internal department email sent to CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta by a source. In the email, Parole Division Director Steve Hager says he hopes the partnership provides "meaningful forums" to address employees' concerns, improve operations and regain trust.

Two issues uncovered in CALL7 Investigations following the murders of Nate Leon and DOC Director Tom Clements are scheduled to be discussed during the first meeting: equipment and employee timekeeping.

The email specifically mentions radios and bullet proof vests among the equipment topics on the agenda. Malfunctioning or non-functioning radios and expired bullet proof vests were parole officer concerns uncovered by Marchetta's reporting in May.

Employee timekeeping was also a concern uncovered when Marchetta reported on the hours worked by the parole officer assigned to parolee Evan Ebel. Ebel, who was killed in a shootout in Texas, is believed to have murdered Leon and Clements after he cut off his GPS-ankle monitor.

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