Silt police chief quietly retires after leave, harassment claim

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — The police chief of a small town in western Colorado has retired without a public announcement after being put on leave for several months.

The Post Independent reports that Levy Burris had been Silt's police chief for 10 years before his quiet retirement in January. He was placed on paid leave in September after the town's mayor formally accused him of harassment.

Burris said Wednesday that his leave was unrelated to Mayor Rick Aluise's claim. He said he can't disclose why he was placed on leave but that "multiple issues" had come up.

The Post Independent obtained a copy of the claim by Aluise and his 19-year-old step-daughter through the Colorado Open Records Act. The claim is required as a precursor to a potential suit against a government body.

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Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/

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