The former Colorado Springs Fire Department inspector who gave a popular downtown taproom multiple extensions to fix violations before it was shut down by another inspector and then sold is facing a misdemeanor charge.
The inspector, Brian Rapplean, was recently served a summons by Colorado Springs police accusing him of abuse of public records, said Fire Capt. Brian Vaughan, who declined to provide details.
Police and court officials also declined to comment on the allegation or turn over records explaining the charge. A staff member in the court's record's office said they won't have a copy of the summons until after Rapplean's court appearance.
Attempts to contact Rapplean for comment were unsuccessful. He resigned from the Colorado Springs Fire Department in May 2017 and now works as an inspector for the Castle Rock Fire Department.
Colorado Springs Fire Department officials asked police to investigate Rapplean's behavior after his departure. Kris Cooper, deputy fire marshal, told The Gazette in January that Rapplean's practices as an investigator had been unusual and concerning.
Cooper's remarks stemmed from an acknowledgment that Brewer's Republic, 112 N. Nevada Ave., remained open despite failing to fix an outdated fire prevention system, for which it had been flagged multiple times over two years.
Rapplean gave the business multiple extensions to fix the outdated fire-suppression system in the kitchen. Another inspector picked up on the problem about six months after Rapplean left.
Brewer's Republic closed late last year after its owners said they were unable to pay for the repairs. It has since reopened under a new owner.
Whether the misdemeanor charge is related to Rapplean's inspections of Brewer's Republic remains unclear.
"Until the court proceedings are complete there will be limited info, if any, coming from CSFD," Vaughan said.
In March, Fire Marshal Brett Lacey said having too few inspectors inevitably leads to miscommunications like the Brewer's Republic case. Other than hiring more inspectors, there's little that can be done to avoid similar occurrences, he said.
Rapplean is scheduled to appear in court in September, police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said.