Richer: Jordan honest |

Richer: Jordan honest

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Rodman Jordan’s side submitted to Third District Court on Wednesday a statement from Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer saying Jordan is a good and honest person.

"I have never known him to be dishonest," Richer, a Democrat from Ranch Place, says in the one-page statement, dated June 5.

"Based on my many years of working with Rodman, it is clear to me that Rodman is a hard-working, thorough, competent and intelligent individual . . . ," Richer says, noting what he describes as Jordan’s "expertise" in developing commercial real estate.

Richer says he met Jordan in summer 2000 and in 2001 he worked with Jordan while negotiating the purchase of two parcels, including the Anderson Lumber land.

The County Commissioner says he understood Jordan and Mark Fischer were partners and they purchased commercial properties together.

In one deal in which Richer was the real-estate agent-broker, Richer says, "99.9% of my interactions were with Rodman. I had almost no interactions with Mark Fischer."

Richer says Jordan was the "hands-on operational part of the partnership" and Fischer was "the financing arm of the partnership."

Richer’s statement was mentioned during a Wednesday hearing.