January 23, 2003

Board of Ethics
January 23, 2003


MINUTES 2. Charles Savage welcomed Leslie M. Lawson as the newest member of the Board of Ethics. She replaces Harry MacLean as an appointee of City Council. She was sworn in earlier today by Denver District Court Judge Herbert Stern.

3. Police Department Assistant Chief Steve Cooper explained a request for advisory opinion that he had filed (Case 03-1) regarding supervision issues for the newly-established rank of corporal and responded to questions from Board members.

4. Adrienne Benavidez, Esq., Frank Benavidez and Beverly Ryken explained a request for an advisory opinion that Ms. Ryken had filed (Case 03-4) and responded to questions from Board members.

5. Christopher Weimer moved and Charles Savage seconded that the minutes of the October 27, 2002 Board meeting be approved. The motion passed unanimously.

6. Charles Savage informed the Board that the Mayor and Cabinet had signed a revised Executive Order 10 on October 29, 2002 regarding Outside Employment and Outside Business Activities for Employees of the City and County of Denver. The order provides a role for the Board of Ethics if an appointing authority is unable to determine whether a specific request for outside employment or outside business activity complies with the Code of Ethics or not.

7. Charles Savage advised the Board that the Charter Revision Committee has had several discussions regarding a proposed charter amendment relating to ethics issues which, if approved by City Council, would be presented to the voters at the May 6, 2003, municipal election.

8. Charles Savage informed the Board that the Career Service Authority Board will probably be considering in the next several weeks several amendments to CSA Rule 15 (Code of Conduct). One amendment would make the provisions regarding gifts, nepotism and conflicts of interest identical to the Code of Ethics. Another amendment would prohibit retaliation against a city employee for filing an inquiry with the Board of Ethics.

9. Charles Savage and Staff Director Michael Henry updated the Board on the progress of ethics training of city employees. Approximately 35.6% of city employees received at least 3 hours of ethics training during 2002. Several agencies had 100% of their employees complete the ethics training, many agencies are making good progress and a few are just getting started. The goal is now for 100% completion by May 31, 2003.

10. Michael Henry presented the budget report, indicating that the Board of Ethics did not exceed its 2002 budget.

11. The Board discussed its role during the municipal election campaign and determined that the Board would communicate equally with all candidates, such as by sending copies of the ethics handbooks and copies of the 2002 annual report.

12. Michael Henry indicated that he would send a draft of the 2002 annual report to all Board members for their comments. The report is due to be submitted to the Mayor and City Council by February 15, 2003.

13. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on cases 02-50 and 03-1 through 03-5.

14. Following the conclusion of the executive session, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Henry
Staff Director

Approved by the Board of Ethics on February 27, 2003.