Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo

Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo and the Greeley-area district she represented.

Rochelle Galindo, the Greeley Democrat who resigned her seat in the Colorado House of Representative on Sunday, is the subject of an active police investigation, a spokesman for the Greeley Police Department told Colorado Politics Monday.

Paperwork surrounding the complaint that started the investigation is under seal, the spokesman said.

Police on Monday would not provide any details about the complaint but confirmed that it had come to the attention of the department sometime last week. They said its contents are being kept confidential due to the nature of the complaint.

Sunday, in announcing her resignation, Galindo issued a statement saying that "the allegations against me are false," without saying what the allegations were.

Galindo — who had been the subject of a recall campaign — said Sunday that she was resigning her seat because the allegations "will make our fight against the pending recall effort untenable. I will not put my constituents through what will clearly be a recall campaign based on political smear tactics and false allegations." 

She did not respond to Colorado Politics' requests for comment on Monday.

Galindo, a former member of the Greeley City Council, won election in November to the Democratic-leaning House District 50 in Weld County, with a 6.7 percentage point margin over Republican Michael Thuener. That win came after she defeated former state Rep. Jim Riesberg in the June primary.

Her resignation now, ahead of a possible recall election, means a Democratic vacancy committee will name Galindo's replacement. If Galindo had stayed in office, both Republicans and Democrats could have run for the seat in a recall election.

A Democratic vacancy committee will name a replacement sometime within the next 30 days, according to election officials.

Backers of the recall told Colorado Politics on Sunday that they had gathered nearly enough signatures to put a recall on the ballot. Galindo's resignation, however, means that the recall effort cannot proceed.

In a statement Sunday, House Democratic leaders KC Becker, the speaker, and Alec Garnett, the majority leader, said: “Today Rep. Galindo submitted a letter of resignation. We agree with Rep. Galindo's decision to step down at this time and allow someone else to serve the people of House District 50."

A spokesman said Sunday that Becker "can confirm she has not received a workplace harassment complaint."

Galindo tweeted on Sunday afternoon that it had been "the honor of my life" to serve House District 50. "I have served my community to the best of my ability," she added.

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