August 24, 2006

Board of Ethics
August 24, 2006

DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
    MINUTES
MEETING OF AUGUST 24, 2006

Chair Ann Terry called the meeting to order at 1:35 pm. Also present were Lori Mack, Leslie Lawson, Leonard Plank and Carolyn Lievers.

  • It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the July 22, 2006 Board of Ethics meeting.
  • Staff Director Michael Henry announced that the Board of Ethics and Code of Ethics would be the subject of a Knowledge Around Noon session for city employees on November 29, 2006. He also indicated that the digest of the Board’s opinions from January 1 through June 30, 2006 has been posted at www.denvergov.org/ethics. .
  • Bill Bruneau, an employee of Denver International Airport, summarized his request for an advisory opinion regarding outside employment and conflict of interest and responded to questions.
  • The Board continued its discussion of development of a policy to present to the Mayor and City Council regarding “gifts to the city.” Michael Henry summarized the issue and a proposed policy and research from other jurisdictions. Former Board of Ethics Chair Charles Savage advised the Board that such a policy was needed and he presented a draft ordinance requiring disclosure of certain gifts to the city. Mary Werner of the League of Women Voters of Denver indicated that there should be a system requiring transparency of gifts to the city. Jenny Flanagan, Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, said that transparency and consistency among city agencies in dealing with gifts to the city is very important. Some legal questions were posed by Deputy City Attorney Chris Mootz and Assistant City Attorney Chris Lujan:
    • What would be the administrative cost if a proposed requirement for disclosure of gifts to the city would be enacted?
    • What would be possible penalties for violation of such a requirement?
    • What is the definition of gift?

Mr. Lujan agreed to research these questions for the Board to consider at the September 28, 2006 Board meeting.

  • It was moved, seconded and passed to go into executive session to consider Case 06-24.
  • The meeting adjourned at 3:00 following the conclusion of the executive session.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Henry, Staff Director

Approved by Board of Ethics: September 28, 2006

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