Fort Morgan city manager pleads not guilty to alleged assault
Author: 9News - May 21, 2018 - Updated: May 22, 2018
Fort Morgan City Manager Jeff Wells was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of assault, a spokesperson for the 13th Judicial District attorney’s office said.
Wells was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The charge is related to an incident from July 2017, but the DA’s office learned about it in March of this year.
In a Facebook post, the City of Fort Morgan said it was aware that Wells had been taken into custody, and said City Clerk/Public Information Officer John Brennan has been designated acting city manager.
On Monday, Wells pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was allowed to go home after spending a weekend in jail.
His attorney, Brian Bagley, says he should never have spent any time behind bars.”He’s already done more jail time and punishment than he would have gotten in any other scenario, so of course I’m frustrated,” Bagley said.
The Fort Morgan Times reports that Wells is accused of assaulting his daughter in his city-owned vehicle in an argument over his daughter’s refusal to fasten her seat belt. The newspaper says that, according to DA Brittny Lewton, Wells “intentionally slammed on his brakes repeatedly, causing his daughter to crash her face into the windshield and various parts of the dash.”
Lewton told the Times that the Fort Morgan Police Department, which Wells oversees, knew of last year’s alleged incident but did not file a report on it.
According to his city biography, Wells originally was appointed as the northeast Colorado community’s city attorney in 2007 and became its permanent city manager in 2012.