Resolution opposes Grand Junction councilor-elect Rick Brainard from taking office

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Grand Junction City Council members have passed a resolution asking a newly elected member not to take office while he faces criminal charges.

Councilor-elect Rick Brainard faces charges of third-degree assault and harassment following a dispute with his girlfriend.

Brainard is scheduled to take office May 6. He was booked into jail earlier this month on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the City Council resolution asking him not to take office has no legal impact even though it passed Wednesday. Brainard did not attend Wednesday night's council meeting but has said he will not step down.

The girlfriend told investigators Brainard slapped her after she referred to him with a vulgarity. She also said he pushed her into a dresser several times and pulled her hair.