Mayor mum about recording between former aide, accuser

Recording could reveal alleged harassment

DENVER - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock stuck to talking points Friday morning concerning a CALL7 Investigation into the firing of his good friend and appointed aide Wayne McDonald.

McDonald was fired last month after a female Denver police officer accused him of “serious” misconduct.

Sources told CALL7 Investigators that the complaint concerns sexual harassment, but the mayor’s office wouldn’t discuss the nature of the complaint citing personnel issues.

The officer requested to be reassigned after filing the complaint, and her request was granted.

Hancock said firing his friend was a tough decision, but he had to do what was in the best interest of the city. He added the complaint against McDonald didn’t rise to the level of a crime.

“We had received an accusation which we looked into immediately, and we acted immediately. Wayne McDonald was an employee here, he was with my administration, and he is not at this time,” said Hancock.

CALL7 has confirmed through the mayor's press secretary, Amber Miller, that there are audio recordings. Miller added that the Hancock is not on those recordings.

Anne Sulton, McDonald’s attorney, also acknowledged there are audio recording, but couldn’t say how many recordings there were or what was on the tape.

CALL7 has asked the mayor’s office for access to copies of the recording, but our request was denied.

Sulton said the city never gave McDonald written notice of termination, but Miller told CALL7 that the mayor gave McDonald an option to either resign or be fired; Miller said he chose to be terminated.

Sulton also claimed no formal investigation was done by the city and she now is looking at legal options for her client.

“He has not had any opportunity to address these allegations,” Sulton said.

McDonald served as Hancock’s driver during his campaign and was appointed as the mayor’s executive aide, earing $85,000 a year. Both have known each other since college.

 

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