DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that the Denver Public Schools deputy chief information officer has been placed on leave as the school district investigates allegations that he accepted bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding lucrative contracts to vendors.
Bud Bullard has been with Denver Public Schools for 22 years but was placed on leave this month with pay as the kickback investigation continues.
“It’s very serious,” said Michael Vaughn, a spokesperson for DPS. “We are in the process of conducting a complete and thorough investigation and while that investigation is ongoing, the employee is on administrative leave.”
CBS4 learned his leave started Feb. 7.
Vaughn declined to provide further comment or detail. However, CBS4 has learned the district is looking into accusations Bullard accepted improper perks from vendors like free trips and family vacations in exchange for awarding information technology business to specific companies.
CBS4 attempted to reach Bullard by phone and email for comment on the developing story. The station was not able to contact Bullard.
Bullard’s department oversees technology for the entire school district.
– Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com