Judge: ‘Anti-gay culture’ present in Colorado State Patrol
According to a State Personnel Board judge, an “anti-gay culture” is present in the Colorado State Patrol.
In the ruling, which was issued earlier this week, State Personnel Board judge Mary McClatchey said “the anti-gay culture in the patrol is well-documented in this case.”
The case McClatchey was referring to involved former patrol captain Brett Williams, who was forced to admit he was gay during a polygraph test. McClatchey said the line of questioning in the polygraph test was insensitive and proved that members of the CSP were ignorant of the agency’s own anti-discrimination policies.
Williams was not rehired after the test.
“The patrol has never educated its members or leaders through training or otherwise of the prohibition on sexual orientation discrimination in its written policy or state statute,” McClatchey wrote. “Further, it has not enforced that policy.”
McClatchey ordered the CSP to include sexual orientation in the topics covered during diversity-training programs. The judge also ordered the CSP to assign a senior staff member to be a point-of-contact for gay or lesbian members of the CSP.
Colorado Department of Public Safety Director James Davis issued a statement that the CSP would make adjustments to its training program, but said his agency would also appeal McClatchey’s ruling.