DENVER – The Screening Committee convened to conduct the search for Denver’s next Independent Monitor today announced it has narrowed the candidates to three finalists for the position.
Next, the Committee will hold two community forums to garner public input on the finalists and the Mayor will review and interview the candidates.
“We thank the Committee for dedicating their time and energy to screening candidates to serve as Denver’s next Independent Monitor,” said Mayor Hancock. “I applaud the Committee’s robust national search and its attention to the public engagement process. I look forward to reviewing and interviewing the finalists upon receiving the final recommendations.”
The Screening Committee began its work in January 2012. The Committee reviewed and approved the position application, worked with the Career Service Authority to conduct a national search for candidates, conducted an interview and evaluation process and helped to design the community input process.
“We thank the amazing pool of applicants for their interest, and through a thorough and independent process we have identified three strong final candidates,” said Screening Committee Chair Dr. Mary Davis, who also chairs the Citizen Oversight Board. “We believe all three candidates have extensive experience with civilian oversight of uniformed personnel, leading and managing an office such as the Office of the Independent Monitor and engaging citizens, community partners and interested parties who interact with an Independent Monitor.”
Of the 110 applications received, 47 applicants met the minimum requirements established for the Independent Monitor position. After careful review of these applicants, the panel identified nine applicants to invite for personal interviews, six of whom accepted.
Following the interviews of the six applicants, three finalists were identified who demonstrated the experience and skills necessary to become Denver’s next Independent Monitor.
The three finalists for Independent Monitor are the following:
Eddie J. Aubrey - Aubrey currently serves as Prosecuting Attorney in the Renton City Attorney’s Office in Renton, California. He previously served as the first Independent Reviewer in the Office of Independent Review for the City of Fresno, California responsible for ensuring integrity of the Fresno Police Department’s complaint and internal investigation processes. Prior to that position, he served as a judge pro tem with King County District Court in King County, Washington. Aubrey spent 10 years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the King County Prosecutors Office. He also spent five years as a police officer with the Santa Monica Police Department and nine years as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Julie M. Ruhlin – Ruhlin is the Deputy Chief Attorney in the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review responsible for monitoring the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to ensure that allegations of deputy misconduct, deputy-involved shootings, and force incidents are investigated and handled thoroughly, fairly, and objectively. Previously she was a consultant with the Police Resource Center conducting ongoing monitoring of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ruhlin has six years of experience providing consulting services to law enforcement agencies where she investigated protocols, policies, procedures and training for cities such as Portland, Oregon and Fullerton, California.
Stephen J. Connolly – Connolly is the executive director of the Orange County Office of Independent Review in Orange County, California where he is responsible for monitoring critical incidents and allegations of misconduct involving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Previously, he was one of six attorneys providing civilian oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California. Oakland, California has hired him on two occasions to review alleged misconduct by the Oakland Police Department. His experience also includes serving as a special review auditor to various California law enforcement agencies, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Torrance Police Department and Inglewood Police Department.
Two community forums will give Denver residents an opportunity to meet and speak with the finalists:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Hosted by the Denver Latino Commission and the Denver African American Commission
Mi Casa Resource Center at 360 Acoma St. in Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Hosted by the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC)
Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center at 3334 Holly St. in Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The screening panel was composed of the following individuals: (Chair) Dr. Mary Davis, Chair of the Citizen Oversight Board and President/CEO of McGlothin Davis, Inc; Dr. Joseph Sandoval, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State College of Denver; Paul Lopez, District 3 Councilman for the City and County of Denver; Judge Claudia Jordan, Denver County Court Judge; and Dr. Nita Mosby-Henry, Director of the Career Service Authority.