FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The former head of the Colorado parole division, Tim Hand, has a new job in Larimer County.
Hand started Thursday as the director of Larimer County's Community Corrections.
Hand was first put on leave, then fired in June, as director of the state parole division after the CALL7 Investigators exposed critical errors by parole officials in the weeks leading up to the murders of Colorado prison system chief Tom Clements and of Nate Leon, a Denver tech professional.
Dangerous parolee Evan Ebel cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and absconded, committing the two murders.
CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta asked Larimer County spokeswoman Deni Larue why the county felt Hand was a good candidate, given our series of investigative reports demonstrating critical failures in the parole division.
Larue said Hand's "expertise and skills" make him "very qualified" for the position.
The official news release from Larimer County announcing Hand's hiring states, "Fort Collins-based Hand, who began his career at Larimer County, is the former Director of Adult Parole, Community Corrections and the Youthful Offender System with the Department of Corrections of Colorado. Tim has extensive executive-level leadership experience as well as being a veteran law enforcement professional with a proven track record of building programs to reduce recidivism."
Sources told Marchetta hand's salary is $90,000 a year and the job wasn't posted.
Hand's photo doesn't yet appear on Larimer County's website and the director he's replacing -- Joe Ferrando -- isn't leaving. He's been demoted to the role of assistant director.
Larimer County Community Corrections: http://www.larimer.org/comcor/