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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 46, November 11, 2007, Article 18

COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE ARTICLE ON ANA AND CIPOLETTI

[On Saturday the Colorado Springs Gazette published another
article about the ANA and its former Executive Director.
Here are some excerpts. -Editor]

"Three weeks after the board of the American Numismatic
Association dismissed its executive director, Christopher
Cipoletti, the federally chartered group for 32,000 collectors
of coins and paper money still is stinging from the aftermath
of concentrated executive power.

"Before being terminated, Cipoletti, an employment attorney,
had two jobs at the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit
organization. He was executive director since 2003 and had
served as general counsel since 1998, advising the board
and the organization on legal matters. He also retained
outside clients. Until Dec. 31, 2006, he was general counsel
for the Pikes Peak Library District, spokeswoman Danielle
Oller said.

"More than two years ago, he persuaded the board to join
him in filing a lawsuit in 4th Judicial District Court
against three former employees and a computer consultant
and his company. Among the complaints are civil theft of
business property, breach of loyalty to the association,
conspiracy and “intentional infliction of emotional distress
by outrageous conduct.” The association hired a Denver law
firm, Davis Graham &Stubbs, to represent the co-plaintiffs.

"A jury trail has been postponed four times and now is
set for Aug. 18 — more than three years after the lawsuit
was filed in July 2005.

"Litigants are awaiting a judge’s decision on the defendants’
call for partial dismissal of charges. This week, Sears asked
for an extension on additional response to the defense motions
for summary judgment. The association’s response to the summary
judgment motion already is 109 pages and contains 123 exhibits,
according to court documents. Lawyers for the defendants
requested a denial.

"Arbitration to settle Cipoletti’s employment contract with
the numismatic association has begun, Sirna said. He would
not disclose details of the negotiations. Tax statements show
Cipoletti was paid $338,134 in wages, benefits and expenses
for fiscal year 2006.

"Meanwhile, the association is trying to get back to business,
and a committee is setting criteria before posting the executive
director job opening."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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