Denver could settle with Stuart Shapiro, the assistant city attorney who claimed he was a “whistleblower”

Stuart Shapiro was the man at the center of a controversy in the office of Scott Martinez, the previous Denver city attorney who resigned in May.

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Stuart Shapiro was the man at the center of a controversy in the office of Scott Martinez, the previous Denver city attorney who resigned in May.

Shapiro was accused of withholding documents in the jail abuse case of Jamal Hunter and spent two years on administrative leave. And in response to a public records request, the city attorney’s office denied the existence of certain documents that did, in fact, exist.

Shapiro filed a claim against the city that alleged he had suffered retaliation as a “whistleblower.”

CBS4 reported on Thursday that the Denver City Council will be asked to approve a $660,000 settlement with Shapiro that includes a letter of apology. The council agenda released later Thursday afternoon listed a settlement of $360,000.

It’s rare for the city — or anyone — to admit wrong-doing in an out-of-court settlement.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the hiring of a new city attorney, private litigator Kristin Bronson, Thursday morning. She starts in mid-October.

If the City Council approves the settlement deal Monday, the full settlement will be released Tuesday.