Board of Ethics
May 22, 2003
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF MAY 22, 2003
1. The meeting convened at 1:30 pm. Members of the Board in attendance were Charles Savage, Carolyn Lievers, Leslie Lawson and Leonard Plank. Christopher Weimer was absent.
2. Denver District Judge John Coughlin administered the oath of office to Leonard Plank, who has been appointed to the Board of Ethics by City Council.
3. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that 73.3% of city employees have completed at least 3 hours of ethics training through April 30, 2003 (which compares with 60.2% through March 31, 2003).
4. The Board approved by consensus the proposed 2004 budget request for the Board of Ethics prepared by Michael Henry. The total amount of the request for budget year 2004 is $89,300, a 7% reduction from 2003.
5. Carolyn Lievers moved and Leslie Lawson seconded that Charles Savage be elected chair of the Board of Ethics for a one-year term to end at the Board’s meeting in May, 2004. The motion passed unanimously.
6. Charles Savage moved and Leslie Lawson seconded that Carolyn Lievers be elected vice-chair of the Board of Ethics for a one-year term to end at the Board’s meeting in May, 2004.
7. Denver Police Lieutenant William Nagle and Commander Brian Gallagher of Police District 1 appeared to testify in favor of Lt. Nagle’s request for a waiver to allow him to continue to serve in his position in District 1, where his wife also serves as a Police Technician, so long as he makes no decisions with respect to his wife. Lt. Nagle and Commander Gallagher responded to questions from Board members.
8. Professor Roy Wood of the University of Denver and Professor Spoma Jovanovic of the University of North Carolina at Greenville presented a report of research they have been doing for the last two years regarding the Denver Board of Ethics and the Code of Ethics. The title of their report is A Guide to Crafting an Ethical Culture in Denver City Government. The report will be attached to the official copy of these minutes.
9. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive discussion for the Board to deliberate on Cases 03-17 through 03-22.
10. The Board adjourned after the conclusion of the executive session at 3:40 p.m.
Approved by the Board of Ethics