As a mysterious scandal surrounds the Berthoud police department, town administrators are perhaps obliviously creating a whole different story in itself.
Or maybe they just don’t care about perception.
The story in Berthoud about its police department now becomes, at least partially, about a lack of transparency.
That’s never good for government business.
While I can respect the fact the town’s administrators are likely bound by ethical rules that prevent them from not to disclosing too much information for “personnel” reasons, the sweeping mantra of “no comment” we received yesterday doesn’t do anybody good.
“No comment,” is one of the worst things you can tell a reporter. The response usually raises more questions and makes it seem like somebody is hiding something.
At the very least, it would be nice if town administrators could explain WHY they can’t disclose any information. Reporters like myself are not going to say it for them.
So what’s going on in Berthoud?
Now that the story is partially about a lack of disclosure among public officials, they have placed themselves under a dark cloud of suspicion.
You can only wonder….are they protecting the public or themselves?