Littleton city attorney resigns

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Littleton City Attorney Kirsten Crawford has resigned. The announcement came 10 days after she was placed on paid administrative leave, apparently at her request, following an hour-long city council executive session.

“I have been honored to serve the residents of the city of Littleton and to work for the city,” she wrote in a letter to Mayor Debbie Brinkman. “For personal reasons, however, I have decided to resign my employment as city attorney effective Feb. 5, 2013. I wish the city success in the future.”

On Jan. 29, Mayor Debbie Brinkman asked Crawford and City Manager Michael Penny to wait in another room during their closed-door session. When they reconvened, Councilor Bruce Stahlman made a motion to place Crawford on leave, pursuant to her request, until further notice. The motion directed her to remain available to the city during normal business hours. Councilor Phil Cernanec seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. No acting city attorney was named.

Crawford was appointed on March 6, 2012.

“I respect Kirsten’s decision and appreciate her service,” Brinkman said in a City of Littleton news release dated Feb. 8. “The city council and I wish her success in her future endeavors.”

Crawford replaced Suzanne Staiert, whom council fired on the same day she filed an EEOC complaint against the city in September 2011. Staiert went on to become deputy secretary of state.

Crawford, who did not respond to a request for comment, was hired as city attorney at an annual salary of $133,428.

Crawford was an assistant attorney for Arapahoe County from 2004-08. Prior to that, she worked with the Adams County Attorney’s Office and in private practice.

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