That special investigation of contracting and spending at the Port of Seattle, which turned up at least ten acts of civil fraud, today led to the announced firings - forced resignations - of two top Port leaders. Port CEO Tay Yoshitani said after he discussed the investigation findings last week with Larry McFadden, the GM of port construction, and John Rothnie, who managed construction of SeaTac's third runway, both submitted their resignations.
Four other employees were suspended for one to three weeks without pay and letters of reprimand were inserted in the files of three others, Yoshitani says.
Contracts for the third runway were a major focus of the investigation by former U.S. Attorney Mike McKay. Port employees are suspected of aiding major contractor TTI (The Three Italians), by turning over secret bid specs, allowing TTI to make what McKay calls an "astonishing" 30 percent profit on the $125 million deal.
McKay, in an interview today, said he was unable to fully determine TTI's role in the bid process or determine who on the Port payroll may have profited. "If I had subpoena power," said McKay, now a private attorney, "or a grand jury, I could have gotten a better accounting." The FBI however is continuing its criminal probe into the contracting irregularities and the Port indicated it will try to recoup the "overpayment" to TTI.