Denver Mayor Fires Friend Over 'Serious Misconduct'
Wayne McDonald Let Go Last Month, Mayor's Office Confirms
1:54 AM, Jun 22, 2012
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock fired his longtime friend and executive adviser after a Denver police officer filed a complaint of sexual misconduct.CALL7 Investigators learned from multiple sources about allegations against Wayne McDonald earlier this week.McDonald was appointed by the mayor to the Department of Excise and Licenses in March, where he served as executive adviser to the mayor and special projects manager in the mayor's office, earning a salary of $85,000 a year.Amber Miller, spokeswoman for the mayor's office, told CALL7 Investigator Keli Rabon that the complaint came from the Denver Police Department and the Manager of Safety's Office on May 16.Several sources confirm the complaint came from a female officer assigned to the mayor's office. CALL7 is opting not to name her at this time.Miller told CALL7 the mayor's office became aware of the complaint on May 17, and McDonald was terminated on May 21.Miller wouldn't confirm the nature of the complaint, only saying it was a personnel issue.Miller said McDonald was given an option of resigning over the unknown allegations, or being terminated. Miller told CALL7 that McDonald chose to be terminated.McDonald didn't return calls from 7News, but his attorney, in a letter to the city, stated that he "categorically denies any and all allegations of misconduct, and will take all steps necessary to protect his reputation from false allegations."McDonald served as the mayor's driver during his campaign and also is the basketball coach at a local high school.