City Council has hired a private investigator to investigate a
dispute the city manager had with a petitioner.
On March 26, the Fort Collins Police Department responded to a
911-disturbance call reporting a verbal altercation between two
The police responded to the call and interviewed the witnesses
and reviewed the surveillance tape from the King Soopers where the
“The District Attorney’s Office determined that there was not
sufficient evidence to charge anyone, either Mr. Rice or Mr.
Fischbach,” said Rita Davis of the Fort Collins Police
After receiving a formal complaint about the incident, City
Council hired John Frey to investigate in an attempt to clear
concerns on the issue.
“We want to clear the air, whether there’s a violation or not,”
Mayor Ray Martinez said.
Martinez said that the incident was being investigated, because
it was a ballot initiative issue.
“We don’t normally conduct inquiries unless there’s a real
strong allegation,” Martinez said. “We’re just trying to put some
closure as to whether something happened or not.”