Grannis ousted as chief of Fort Lupton police force

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By Gene Sears

FORT LUPTON - Ron Grannis was abruptly relieved of his duties as the city’s police chief Friday.

    Word of Grannis’ dismissal came via a city press release the same day that indicated that law enforcement veteran Leo Carillo Jr. was the city’s interim police chief effective immediately.

    Grannis confirmed Friday afternoon he’d been “let go” but said he would not comment further as he awaited advice from his attorney.

    The city press release indicated Carillo Jr. has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience. His resume includes a 13-year stint as police chief for the city of Lafayette from 1987 to 2001 and 18 years in the Boulder Police Department from 1969 to 1987.

    “The city is committed to ensuring the safety of its residents and the security of local businesses,” the city release stated. “There are no major crime issues in the city.”

    The release said Carillo Jr. would be expected to help guide the department through city-wide budget cuts.

    “Chief Carillo will assist the city in making decisions with respect to future budget cuts while maintaining acceptable levels of service,” the release said.

    Grannis joined the police department seven years ago as a commander and took on the role of police chief, first on an interim basis after the departure of former chief Jerry Garner in 2006, and then in a permanent role.

    Grannis’ four years as police chief were a roller-coaster ride of successes and controversies. Under his leadership, overall crime rates dropped in the city and his department was also able to weed out multiple online sexual predators in sting operations where a detective posed online as an underage teen.

    In 2008, Grannis resigned his position as an assistant Fort Lupton High School football coach after a player’s father alleged Grannis physically assaulted his son during a home football game. No charges were ever filed in the incident.

    Then, in 2009, Fort Lupton Police Cmdr. Maria Moll filed a statutory claim that Grannis touched her inappropriately and made sexual advances to her after her promotion to commander in 2008. Grannis publicly denied the allegations. He told the Fort Lupton Press that an independent investigator found the claims to be unsubstantiated and the city of Fort Lupton closed its investigation based on that report.

    A pair of city of Fort Lupton code enforcement officers alleged earlier this year that they were subject to retaliation and cutbacks in hours after they spoke out against Moll in the wake of those allegations. The city contended those cutbacks were part of planned city budget cutbacks. Grannis said, at the time, he had no knowledge of the pair’s allegations.

    City manager Mike Konefal could not immediately be reached for comment about Grannis’ removal.

City offices were closed Friday for a scheduled furlough day. Mayor Tommy Holton also could not be reached.