Approximately one dozen appointees and associates of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are under scrutiny as the city investigates who leaked confidential information about a $1.8 billion airport contract.
The Denver Post reports that the Denver city attorney’s office asked officials to grant access to their cell phone records, including seeking information directly from their mobile providers.
On Aug. 12, Hancock and representatives from Denver International Airport held a conference call, on which they decided to terminate Great Hall Partners’ work on a $650 million terminal renovation.
However, before airport CEO Kim Day could announce the decision publicly, several outlets had learned about and were already reporting on the decision.
The city has a legal requirement to inform bondholders first about such a consequential decision.
“This has to do with our charter obligation to ensure that the city’s systems are secure and don’t create any unnecessary or unwarranted legal risk,” city attorney Kristin Bronston told The Post in justifying the probe.
Great Hall Partners would have overrun the cost of the project by nearly $300 million. The company blamed the escalating costs and delays on weak concrete and changing directives from the airport.
The company’s effective termination date is intended to be Nov. 12. Day said in August that it is possible DIA will shrink the project’s scope from its original goal of moving security checkpoints, consolidating check-ins and adding retail space.