In June 2019, Liam started as a reporter for MetroWest Newspapers in Brighton, CO with the expectation to cover all sorts of local news. What he found, though, was something else entirely…
In Sept. 2018, Philip Rodriguez, former city manager of Brighton, alerted city council to excess cash in the city’s utilities funds, which includes water, wastewater and stormwater funds. Rodriguez said the amount was upwards of $70 million.
After a quieter eight months, the controversy escalated. City council approved a forensic audit into the utilities funds, Rodriguez was terminated over what some councilors cited as “personnel reasons” and a recall effort developed from the belief in a “cover-up.” Even with all this, more continues to unfold. In the Nov. municipal elections, voter will decide whether to remove the mayor.
Highlights of Liam’s coverage on the issue:
Major reporting, in chronological order
July 11, City manager suspended, parts 1 & 2
July 16, Brighton’s Battle
July 19, City manager fired
July 23, A residents recall
July 30, A social media storm