Whereas it’s been extensively reported the company Denver Worldwide Airport CEO nominee Phil Washington used to go is beneath investigation, courtroom paperwork present Washington was particularly named in a search warrant.
Washington left his submit as head of LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the finish of Might, after his contract was up. However earlier than he left, the LA County Sheriff’s Division served a search warrant on the group and the LA County District Lawyer confirmed its Public Integrity Division is reviewing the matter.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock nominated Washington to grow to be DIA’s subsequent CEO, to interchange retiring Kim Day. His workplace has been staunchly defending Washington all week to Denver Metropolis Council members and the media. In emails to Denver Metropolis Council members after the Denver Gazette broke the story in Colorado Tuesday, Hancock’s workplace said Washington was not named in an ongoing investigation:
“All claims in opposition to Mr. Washington particularly have been discovered to be baseless. He isn’t the topic of any prison or grand jury investigation, neither is he named in any prison warrant, nor does he take part in, or belong to, any organizations that exclude or discriminate in opposition to girls or LGBTQ individuals.”
The investigation surrounds LA Metro’s contractor Peace Over Violence, which dealt with LA Metro’s “Off Limits” sexual harassment counseling hotline. Search warrants have been served in February and March searching for: “Any and all contracts or agreements, between “‘Peace Over Violence” and any group, entity, or workplace beneath the management or administration of Los Angeles County and/or the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors together with however not restricted to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.” It additionally sought Off Limits name logs.
A Los Angeles Fox affiliate reported in September: “A months-long FOX 11 investigation has revealed that an L.A. Metro sexual harassment hotline operated by an area charity is presently costing taxpayers greater than $8,000 per name after a sequence of no-bid contracts to function the hotline have been awarded to the most effective good friend and marketing campaign donor of L.A. County Supervisor & Metro board member Sheila Kuehl after her workplace privately pushed for Metro to rent the charity.”
A self-described whistleblower Jennifer Loew filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to LA Metro a yr in the past alleging improprieties in the best way Peace Over Violence operated the sexual harassment counseling hotline. Loew’s household has been sending emails to elected officers and media retailers up to now yr. Her husband, Adam Loew, emailed the Denver Gazette Thursday providing copies of the search warrant Washington is known as in, and an interview with Loew.
However Washington describes Loew as disgruntled after she was handed over for a promotion, and was investigated herself.
In an announcement Mayor Hancock’s workplace emailed to councilmembers Tuesday night time, and obtained by the Denver Gazette, he states:
“All of those unfaithful allegations stem from one LA Metro worker whose supervisory duties have been taken away after an unbiased investigation,” Washington’s assertion learn. “She has organized a well-orchestrated try and assassinate my character and status by alleging unfaithful issues that concerned packages that she herself managed. Furthermore, I don’t belong to any group that excludes or discriminates in opposition to girls or LGBTQ individuals.”
LA Metro despatched the next assertion to the Denver Gazette earlier this week: “The worker (Loew) initially claimed that she was discriminated in opposition to as a result of she is Caucasian, however she has deserted these claims and has now sued LA Metro alleging numerous whistleblower complaints about contracts on the company. These complaints have been shared with regulation enforcement. The company is just not conscious of any improprieties associated to the awarding of any of those contracts. The primary contract in query was managed by the worker herself, and her complaints have been aired solely after her subordinates have been eliminated by Metro.”
LA Metro has additionally filed a movement to quash the search warrant, stating: “The MTA Search Warrant seeks to compel the manufacturing of things pursuant to a statute that can not be correctly utilized to the MTA beneath these circumstances … This ill-conceived and legally flawed warrant must be quashed.”
A decide has but to rule on the movement.
Different courtroom paperwork allege Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva served the warrants for political causes, not a reputable investigation.
“It’s changing into an increasing number of clear that the MTA Search Warrant is just not a device the LASD is utilizing to conduct any kind of reputable inquiry into suspected prison wrongdoing, however reasonably is a device the Los Angeles County Sheriff, in a blatant abuse of his workplace, is utilizing to harass and goal his political enemies,” in response to an April 6 Reply in Help of the Movement to Quash filed by Robert Dugdale of Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP.
Denver Metropolis Council members may begin assembly with Washington as early as subsequent week. A vote on his appointment may are available mid July.