Two Denver city officials took a trip to Italy, mostly paid for by two vendors, and one employee later pushed for the city to buy a $221,000 piece of equipment from one of the same Italian vendors.
Kelly Duffy, director of street maintenance, and Doug Legg, manager with street maintenance, flew to Italy on an excursion from a 2018 road construction conference in Germany. There they met with companies Dulevo and Giletta.
“Dulevo is the current company that builds the street sweepers for the City and County of Denver,” Duffy and Legg wrote in the travel request form obtained by 9Wants to Know. “They will be discussing options for full electric sweepers in the future.”
Order documents obtained by 9Wants to Know shows Legg later advocated for Denver to buy a $221,060 all-electric street sweeper from Dulevo.
A spokesperson for Denver Public Works told 9Wants to Know Duffy and Legg did not get advice from the city Board of Ethics about the trip. The department is doing an “internal assessment of the trip to see if there were any processes or procedures not followed.”
Duffy and Legg have been placed on paid "investigatory leave." Officials said the trip was not the original reason behind the investigatory leave.
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