DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF APRIL 26, 2007
Leslie Lawson called the meeting to order at 1:45 pm. Also present was Leonard Plank. Carolyn Lievers, Ann Terry and Lori Mack were absent. In light of the fact that a quorum of three members was not present, all actions will need to be confirmed by an e-mail or telephone vote by other Board members..
1. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the March 21, 2007 Board of Ethics meeting.
2. Sgt. Frank Rolando of the Denver Sheriff Department presented his request for an advisory opinion or waiver regarding the fact that he and his brother, a deputy sheriff, are both now employed at the Pre-Arraignment Detention Facility and responded to questions from the Board.
3. John Bennett, representing the Police Protective Association, provided comments on the Board’s recommendations to City Council regarding proposed changes to the Code of Ethics. He focused on the Board’s recommendation to require any city departments or agencies wishing to adopt a stricter code of ethics for their own use (currently allowed without any limitation by Section 2-51 of the Code of Ethics and also the city charter) to do so “through published rules or policies.” The Board’s recommendation also says “those agencies which wish to adopt a stricter code of ethics are encouraged to consult with the board of ethics, shall provide information and training to employees of the agency and shall provide a copy to the board of ethics.” Mr. Bennett urged the Board of Ethics also to recommend that:
• The due process protections provided for city personnel in the Code of Ethics should also apply to a department’s “stricter code of ethics,” such as the two-year time-limit for filing complaints
• An agency or department should use a public process and solicit employee comments before adopting a stricter code of ethics
• The Board of Ethics should be the deciding body regarding alleged violations of stricter codes of ethics
4. Katherine Archuleta, Senior Advisor for Policy to Mayor Hickenlooper, presented the Mayor’s request for a waiver regarding the gift limits on travel expenses to allow him to accept travel expenses during fundraising trips to raise contributions for the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. She also responded to questions from the Board members.
5. The Board voted to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 07-9 through 07-12.
6. The meeting adjourned at 3:30pm following the conclusion of the executive session.
Michael Henry, Staff Director
Approved by Board of Ethics: May 24, 2007