Colorado Ethics Watch calls for State Sen. King to resign

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DENVER — Colorado Ethics Watch called on State Sen. Steve King, R-Mesa County, to resign Thursday after he was indicted on three felony and two misdemeanor charges related to alleged theft of public funds and falsifying records.

King, a Republican who represents District 7 in Mesa and Garfield counties, was elected to the Senate in 2010 after previously serving in the Colorado House. Earlier this month, he dropped out of the race for Mesa County Sheriff after The Associated Press reported of allegations about King’s part-time work at the Sheriff’s Office.

King was fired in June over allegations that he falsified his time card and for insubordination. The Denver Post reported that King also worked as a security coordinator at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction but did not tell the school about working at the Sheriff’s Office, nor did he tell the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office that he worked at the university as required of state lawmakers.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Arapahoe County filed the charges, accusing King of embezzlement of public property, forgery of a government document and theft of $2,000 to $5,000 (all felonies), as well as official misconduct and forgery (both misdemeanors).

“The people of Mesa County deserve better than a Senator facing felony charges for embezzlement from public entities,” Ethics Watch Director Luis Toro said in a statement. “Senator King should step down immediately and allow a replacement to serve the remainder of his term.”

King is not seeking re-election and his term expires this year.


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