January 22, 2004

Board of Ethics
January 22, 2004

DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF JANUARY 22, 2004
MINUTES

1. Chair Charles Savage called the meeting to order at 1:45 pm. Also present were Carolyn Lievers and Leonard Plank. Leslie Lawson and Christopher Weimer were absent.

2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2003 Board of Ethics meeting.

3. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that the 2003 annual report for the Board of Ethics will be printed and distributed in the near future. He advised the Board that the Department of Human Services is beginning to give all of its employees a refresher training course in ethics and that he attended an excellent training session for the Department’s top managers. He will be providing ethics briefings to the cabinet members who were appointed after the completion of the 6-hour ethics training sessions for the city’s top leaders.

4. Professor Roy Wood of the University of Denver distributed invitations to

5. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the draft of the 2003 annual report for the Board of Ethics.

6. After discussion, Carolyn Lievers agreed to serve on the Ethics Training Oversight Committee, to replace Charles Savage as the representative of the Board of Ethics.

7. Chris Mootz of the City Attorney’s Office and Cecilia Mascarenas of the Department of Human Services presented information and responded to questions regarding Case 04-4, a request for an advisory opinion.

8. Jim Nimmer, director of the Training and Organizational Development Division of Career Service Authority, briefed the Board on the results of the 2003 Employee Attitude Survey of city employees. He reported a 23% response rate among city employees. The survey indicated that 78% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that “my supervisor models high standards of ethical behavior” (this was not asked in the last survey); 75% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that “my work group practices high standards of ethical behavior” (this was not asked in the last survey) and 52% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that “this agency/department communicates and models high standards of ethical behavior to all employees” (this was asked in the last survey in 2001 and 58% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed). Mr. Nimmer reported that a regression analysis of the survey results indicated that agreement or strong agreement that “my work group practices high standards of ethical behavior was the second highest predictor of productivity was and the fifth highest predictor of good morale.

9. John Bennett, director of the City Council staff, provided information and responded to questions concerning Case 04-1, a request for an advisory opinion.

10. The Board had an extensive discussion of the Board’s recommendations to improve the Code of Ethics and decided to modify the list of recommendations in several respects as a result of conversations that the Chair and the Staff Director of the Board have had with various city officials in the last few months.

11. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 04-1 through 04.

12. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Henry
Staff Director

Approved by Board of Ethics: February 26, 2004

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