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Former Florence city manager arrested at DIA

Florence city manager arrest
Posted at 9:00 PM, Nov 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-16 19:47:29-05

FLORENCE — Former Florence city manager, Michael Patterson, was arrested Monday evening at Denver International Airport. He was arrested by the Denver Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

An arrest warrant had been issued on Nov. 3 for the former city manager.

The warrant lists the following charges which all happened on Aug. 30 2021, the day before Patterson was terminated from his position.

  • Two counts of Stalking-emotional Distress (Class 5 Felony)
  • Sexual Contact - no consent (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Providing alcohol to a minor (Class 1 Misdemeanor)

City Council voted to terminate Patterson back on August 31 during a Special Meeting. According to the meeting's record, all of the present six councilors and Mayor Fulton voted in favor of ousting Patterson. The record also said that Patterson would not be allowed onto any city property.

News 5 has not learned why Patterson was terminated.

This is a developing story

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