Idaho Springs mayor arrested for alleged domestic violence, harassment


Michael Hillman

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — Idaho Springs Mayor Michael Hillman was arrested Friday afternoon for alleged criminal mischief, harassment and domestic violence.

Hillman was arrested near his home.

On Monday, the Idaho Springs Police Department released an affidavit with some details about the alleged incident.

According to the document, shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, an officer responded to 1910 Miner St. on a report of a disturbance.

When the officer arrived, he or she found Hillman sitting on a couch and a few pieces of broken furniture.

Hillman’s children reported their father was yelling and swearing at their mother, and they went upstairs because they were afraid. Their mother — Hillman’s wife — said she left the house in an effort to get Hillman to calm down.

Due to the intimidation of his wife, the frightened children and the broken furniture, Hillman was arrested on the aforementioned counts.

He appeared before a Clear Creek County judge Saturday.

The arrest comes 10 days after Hillman survived a recall election.

According to the Clear Creek Courant, Hillman faced the recall because of concerns about how he handled a 2019 blight study, a paid parking plan and several development projects.

Fifty-nine percent of votes were against recalling Hillman.

Hillman has been mayor of Idaho Springs since 2013. His term ends in November 2021.

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