A recent Denver Post article shed light on Willis’ misconduct and unacceptable conduct with colleagues over the past five years.
One part from the Denver Post article really encapsulates the hostile work environment created in the Polis Administration:“You! Now! In the warehouse!” Mike Willis said to one of his employees, pointing his finger at her and then the warehouse doors. The state’s joint incident commander for the pandemic response was raging over some sort of miscommunication about logistics.
“I’m so (expletive) pissed off at you right now,” Willis said to her, staring her down with “intense hatred,” she later told state investigators. “How can you let this happen?”
In a corner of the warehouse, the two went back and forth at each other loudly. Finally, Willis turned toward the employee, pointing his finger into her temple.
“Are you a (expletive) idiot?” Willis said, stepping up into her face. He stood so close — “towering over” her, one witness later said — that their masks were nearly touching, as he unleashed another tirade.
The situation was “as close to being physical than she had ever encountered,” the staffer told a state investigator — and she previously worked in the Department of Corrections.
“Through a spokesperson, Polis declined to comment on Willis’ conduct.”
Maybe this workplace incident is one of the reasons Polis is staying silent and supporting Mr. Willis?