Grand Junction airport tenants threaten suit to get access to investigation files

The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction): The Grand Junction Regional Airport tenants who filed a whistleblower suit against the airport said they’ll go to court again, this time to get the airport’s own investigative file.

Airport tenants Dave Shepard and Bill Marvel said Thursday they would sue to obtain the file if the airport authority once again declined to make it public.

The board earlier this month rejected the request for the file, saying that it contained information that remained sensitive.

Board members said Thursday they had no immediate response to the newest lawsuit threat.

The airport board four years ago launched a parallel investigation after the FBI seized files from authority offices in a fraud investigation.

The federal investigation ended in 2015 with no arrests, but the airport did fire its executive director and halted construction on a building that remains unfinished.

Shepard said the tenants were first told no file existed, then later that they couldn’t see it and finally that the report is incomplete.

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