March 25, 2004

Board of Ethics
March 25, 2004

  1. Vice-chair Carolyn Lievers called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm. Also present were Leslie Lawson and Christopher Weimer. Charles Savage and Leonard Plank were absent.

  2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the February 26, 2004 Board of Ethics meeting.

  3. Dana Bryson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Accountability and Reform, informed the Board of the activities of her office, which includes six “Denver Fellows,” experienced employees on loan from other city agencies. She indicated that her office’s goal is to make Denver the best-managed city government in the country. She has been focusing on trying to update many outdated processes in city government, such as the contracting process, developing performance contracts for the Mayor’s appointees and overseeing the Denver Listens project in which the Mayor and his appointees had six community meetings to listen to community concerns and comments.

  4. Staff Director Michael Henry presented a tabulation which showed that 93% of the employees of the City and County of Denver have completed at least three hours of ethics training between January 1, 2002 and February 28, 2004. He said that the Ethics Training Advisory Committee will meet on April 5 to discuss the next phase in the ethics training program.

  5. Representatives of Medical Massage Therapy and Associates presented information and responded to questions from Board members regarding a request for an advisory opinion from a city employee about the appropriateness of a private business promoting the business in city workplaces.

  6. The Board discussed its ongoing efforts to improve the Denver Code of Ethics. The Board has received several comments from the City Attorney’s offices and will be attempting to resolve some of those issues.

  7. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 04-10 through 04-12.

  8. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Henry
Staff Director

Approved by the Board of Ethics: April 22, 2004