News for the employee community of the City and County of Denver | Volume 5, Number 5
May 2010 Edition

Celebrate City Park Week May 31 - June 4, Highlighting Multiple Improvements

Join Denver Parks & Recreation, along with District 8 Councilwoman Carla Madison and City Park Alliance for a week-long celebration, May 31 – June 4, of new amenities and improvements at Denver’s premier destination park.

There are several events throughout the week, including:

May 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bringing the Fountains Back to Life - Join Councilwoman Carla Madison and Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Kevin Patterson as they re-light the Darlington Electric Fountain for the 2010 season. Entertainment will be provided by City Park Jazz. Families are encouraged to attend, as the H2Odyssey Interactive Fountain also will be turned on for the summer season for children and parents alike to enjoy.

June 2, 11 a.m. - Join Mayor John Hickenlooper, Councilwoman Carla Madison, Visit Denver President Richard Scharf, City Park Alliance and Denver Parks and Recreation to unveil City Park’s new marker indicating the one mile elevation along the Mile High Loop. There are four spots along the Mile High Loop that hit the 5,280 contour, but this is the first time a marker has been in place for the Mile High City in one its most scenic and photographed locations – on the west side of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Afterward, join Denver’s own forestry superintendent Michael Swanson and renowned horticulturist James Klett for an educational tour of the newly designed tree walk that follows the loop.

June 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Join Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) and Denver Parks and Recreation to dedicate one of Denver’s newest pieces of public art, Avian Front, by artist Patrick Marold. The piece, located at the SW corner of City Park near the Denver Zoo, is partly inspired by the micro-architecture of a bird’s feather and incorporates more than 15,000 feet of salvaged steel pipe. The entire piece measures over 400 feet in length and averages about 10 feet in height.

June 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Denver Parks and Recreation will join District 8 City Councilwoman Carla Madison and City Park Alliance for District 8’s old fashioned ice cream social and the Alliance’s annual community gathering and fundraiser. The theme this year, County Fair at City Park, encourages participants to come in period costumes. The Denver Municipal Band will be on-hand and free ice cream will be available, while supplies last.

At both the May 31 and June 4 events, participants will have the opportunity to meet with park staff, as well as those from the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, to learn about improvements at City Park – including the all-new “green” restroom and the upcoming public meeting to update the Dustin Redd playground.

To learn more about City Park Week, the celebrations or the improvements, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation or call City Services at 3-1-1.

PEP and PEPR Update

2010 is a transition year for PEP/PEPRs. Career Service Authority and the City and County of Denver have modernized the performance enhancement plan (PEP) and report (PEPR), which includes a streamlined process and a five-rating evaluation system.

Some of the changes you’ll notice as your agency implements the new process include:

  • The PEP/R form is shorter (one-two pages).
  • The new five tier rating is included on the PEPR cover sheet.
  • Each classification has the same template based on class specifications, which must then be customized based on individual performance expectations. These templates will be posted on DOT by late May, 2010 and maintained by CSA’s classification team.
  • The City’s STARS (Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Safety) values are incorporated into each template.

The process changes were the result of employee and manager feedback. Since late 2009, more than 2,000 supervisors have had the opportunity to learn the new system (76 4-hour classes). There were also 34 open information sessions for non-supervisory employees held in various locations across the City.

visit the PEP website for more information and FAQs, or contact Rika Mead for inquiries at 720-913-5626.

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Cancer Buddies 9th Annual Teddy Bear Drive

Giving together makes amazing things happen! When thousands of City employees give Teddy Bears and stuffed animals to Employee Assistance’s Cancer BuddiesAnnual Teddy Bear Drive, both children and adults find comfort.The Teddy Bear Drive is June 1 through July 31.


Each year the Annual Teddy Bear Drive accepts thousands of NEW teddy bears and donates them to Denver Health Medical’s Pediatrics Department. Receiving a teddy bear makes the children very happy.. This is a wonderful tradition where employees donate teddy bears and stuffed animals in memory of loved ones, close friend or co-worker, who they have lost to cancer. Many people find that giving to this worthy cause is helps them deal with their grief.


Employee Assistance is hoping to make this the largest drive yet! Won’t you please donate? If you are interested in becoming an agency coordinator, please contact Eileen Stamm, 720-913-3201. You will receive a small gift as token of our appreciation.

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City and County of Denver Honored for Disability Case Management Program

Congratulations to Rita Murphey, RN, MS, ADA Coordinator for the City and County of Denver! In April, the City and County of Denver’s Disability Case Management program received an Honorable Mention Award at the first annual Case In Point Platinum Awards luncheon in Washington, DC. The awards recognize the most successful and innovative case management programs across the health care spectrum.


Rita Murphey developed the City’s Disability Case Management program when she was hired as the City’s ADA Coordinator in 2000. The program continues to be a collaborative effort with the City Attorney’s Office and human resources professionals across all City agencies. This award is a triumph for the City’s Disability Management program as they competed against CIGNA Disability & HealthCare Connect (the Platinum Award winner) and GlaxoSmithKline (Honorable Mention).

Should any employee have a medical issue that is impacting their ability to perform the essential functions of their position they should contact Rita Murphey for assistance at 720-913-5709.

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DenverWellness and Wellness Center

Denver Wellness

Self-Paced Activity Challenge – It’s Time to Get Moving!

Spring is the perfect time to head outdoors and get moving! Challenge yourself to improve your fitness level by participating in the DenverWellness Self-Paced Physical Activity Challenge. The Self-Paced Physical Activity Challenge, one option of the DenverWellness Premium Discount Program, is an 8-week challenge that encourages employees to pursue a healthier lifestyle by being more physically active. Employees must log their weekly physical activity and complete at least 90 minutes of aerobic activity each week.

To be eligible for premium discounts in 2011, participants must complete an online health assessment through their health care provider and a minimum of:

  • 8 consecutive weeks of approved aerobic activities (see list below)
  • 3 sessions per week logged on a designated challenge log sheet for the entire 8 weeks.
  • each session must be at least 30 minutes of non-stop aerobic activity

Aerobic, or cardiovascular, activities must be continuous and performed at a moderate-intensity level. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you are working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat.

Choose aerobic activities from the following approved list:

  • Aerobics (low impact, step and water)
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Dancing
  • Elliptical Machines
  • Football
  • Hiking
  • Hockey (ice or street)
  • Ice skating
  • Kick boxing, Judo, Karate, Tae Kwan Do
  • Jogging
  • Jumping Rope
  • Racquetball
  • Rollerblading or Roller Skating
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing (cross country)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Soccer
  • Stair climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (singles)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Walking (brisk pace)

Upon completion of the 8-week challenge, participants will turn in their log sheet to the DenverWellness staff via inter-office mail, fax to 720-913-5695 or e-mail to DenverWellness at denverwellness@denvergov.org. In order to qualify for premium discounts, employees have until August 31, 2010 to complete their online health assessment and the Self-Paced Activity Challenge, or another approved DenverWellness program.

To learn more about the Self-Paced Activity Challenge or the DenverWellness Premium Discount Program, contact your Wellness Champion or visit www.denvergov.org/denverwellness. Make a commitment to your health and start moving today!


Premium Discount Program Approved

The following programs are eligible requirements of the Premium Discount Program, which will give you up to a 10% discount on your health insurance premiums in 2011. To register or for more information contact Tanya Turcios at tanya.turcios@denvergov.org or 720-913-5687.

  • Join Weight Watchers
    Shed a few pounds and get ready to enjoy spring! Join Weight Watchers! Learn new strategies for handling your hunger and eating smarter. It’s never too late to join! The cost of the remaining sessions is pro-rated. Weigh-ins start at 11:30 a.m., meeting starts at noon in room 4.F.2. of the Webb Municipal Building.
  • Free Smoking Cessation Program
    Are you ready to quit smoking for good? Join our FREE smoking cessation program, “You Can Quit”, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A series of three classes will be held once a week in the Webb Municipal Building from May 5th – May 26th, 2010.
  • Online Health Assessment
    As part of DenverWellness’ Premium Discount Program, employees have the opportunity to complete a free online health assessment through our City-sponsored health care providers. It's free to you, and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. The questions are designed to provide you with a detailed, personalized health report showing the relationship between behavior and healthy habits, today and your healthy future. All information is confidential between you and your provider. The online health assessment is one of the required actions of DenverWellness’ Premium Discount Program and must be completed by August 31, 2010 to be eligible. To learn more visit www.denvergov.org/wellness or contact your Wellness Champion.
Denver Wellness: Chair Massage Program
Chair MassageRelax and unwind with a 15-minute Chair Massage, appointments are available Thursdays from 11:40-4:20pm. Cost is $12 and appointments are pre-paid by cash, check or credit card. Tickets can be purchased from the Cashier on the 2nd floor of WMB between 7:30am-4:30pm. Multiple tickets can be purchased at one time. With a ticket, a massage can be scheduled by calling 720-913-5696. If you have any questions, please call 720-913-5687.

WELLNESS CENTER

Webb Municipal Building | 201 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202
Hours: Monday – Friday | 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WMB Wellness Center Membership
Membership to the center includes a daily schedule of exercise classes such as Yoga, Mat Pilates, Spinning, Step, Sculpting, Core Conditioning, Circuit Training and other classes. Equipment includes the latest models of treadmills, spinning bikes, elliptical trainers, bicycles, stair steppers rowing machines, and Cybex weight machines. Members are able to participate in personal training sessions, private Yoga and Mat Pilates sessions, computerized fitness assessments and receive individualized exercise programs for an additional fee. Cost is $25/month.

Wellness Center Day Usage Program
All City employees are able to use the Webb Building Wellness Center on a drop-in basis without the requirement of a membership. If you have a class or meeting downtown, drop in to the center on your break to keep your workouts on track. You can take advantage of the Wellness Center’s variety of cardiovascular and weight equipment, exciting fitness classes and healthy energy for only $5 a day.

Orientation/Tour of Wellness Center
Tours of the center are available Monday through Friday. Learn more about the Center including equipment, classes and amenities. Interested employees can obtain information about membership or sign up at the end of the tour.

Scheduled Orientation Dates:

  • Thursday, May 6 at Noon
  • Wednesday, May 12 at Noon
  • Thursday, May 20 at Noon
  • Thursday, May 27 at Noon

For more information or to participate in any Wellness Center events contact Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687 or tanya.turcios@denvergov.org.

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City Spirit Artwork Contest

It’s time again to show off the creativity of our kids! We’re asking for artwork from City employee's children to represent the City Spirit Picnic - Kids age 12 and under are eligible to participate. The contest winner will have their artwork featured in all of the advertising (flyers, posters, etc.) for the 2010 City Spirit Picnic.

Download and print an entry form email or inter-office the completed entry to:

Annette Housley, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Dept. 412. Deadline for the artwork contest is Tuesday, June 1.

Click to download entry form.

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Mayor Names New Manager of Safety

Mayor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Ronald Perea as Manager of Safety. Perea will begin work June 1, and replace Al LaCabe, who is retiring effective June 30.

“We are pleased to welcome Ron back to Denver,” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “Ron brings the perfect combination of safety experience and innovative thinking to the Manager of Safety role. He played a vital role during the Democratic National Convention and made a lasting impression on those he worked with during one of the greatest times in our City’s history. Ron has a solid track record of leading by example and we look forward to him joining the City team.”

Perea, 54, is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Los Angeles Division – the third-largest field office in the country. He is responsible for all aspects of the Secret Service mission, including the Agency’s protective and criminal investigative functions. He is an executive board member of the Los Angeles FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, has oversight and control of the Division’s budget and expenditures, works as a liaison with the entertainment industry and oversees the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. He also supervises cases involving significant national and international financial fraud, identity theft and protective intelligence.

Perea previously worked as the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Field Office, which is responsible for protective and investigative operations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, and as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Washington, D.C., Field Office – the largest field office in the Secret Service.

While in Denver, Perea was the Special Agent in Charge during the Democratic National Convention in 2008. He worked closely with law enforcement and public safety leadership in Denver and throughout Colorado to help stage one of the most successful political conventions in our nation’s history.

“This is a great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Perea said. “I am very excited to once again work with the outstanding men and women of the Denver police, fire and sheriff departments. Al LaCabe made significant progress in working with the community, employees and department leadership to create and ensure effective discipline procedures and I look forward to furthering that work.”

Before joining the Secret Service in 1984, Perea worked five years for the Albuquerque Police Department. He earned a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albuquerque. Perea has attended numerous training programs during his Secret Service career.

Perea has traveled frequently to Denver since the DNC, as his wife stayed in Aurora after his transfer to the Los Angeles Field Office in 2009. The couple has two children, one of whom is a police officer in Boulder and the other lives in Boston.

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Kaiser Permanente - Early detection is your best protection! Walk into one of our Mammography Departments Today

Did you know…

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer sometime during her life.

In the United States, approximately 220,000 women will develop breast cancer this year.

When found early, 96% of breast cancer is curable.

The best protection is early detection. Regular mammography saves lives.

Walk-In Medical Office Locations 2010

  • Arapahoe: Monday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Baseline: Monday and Thursday
  • East: Wednesday and Friday
  • Franklin: Monday and Wednesday
  • Lakewood: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • Southwest: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Westminster: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Wheat Ridge: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Walk-In hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Or we can schedule a time just for you!

Please call 303-338-3456 to schedule an appointment at any of the above medical offices. Appointments can be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with some Saturday times available.

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In This ISSUE
   
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

Congratulations to the following employees who have been recognized for outstanding contributions:

Denver Police Department
Employee of the Month for May

Carla A. Romero


March 21 to April 20, 2010

  • Retirements
  • Years of Service
  • New Hires
  • Promotions

Learn More

 

CHANNEL 8TV
 
May Program Highlights

Watch Denver 8 on TV or online 24/7.


Forum for a Healthier Colorado - How Colorado can address our state's dramatic increase in childhood obesity.

  • Tuesday May 4, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday May 15, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday May 16, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday May 20, 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday May 23, 10:30 a.m.

Metro Voices - From clean, renewable energy, to electric cars, to alternative – and adorable -- options for weed control, Denver metro- area cities are going green. Find out how! Premieres Thursday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
Replays each:

  • Monday, 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

Denver Press Club - P.J. O’Rourke was editor of the National Lampoon and has provided famed political satire to America’s leading magazines. Now hear him as he accepts the Damon Runyon award from local journalists.

  • Tuesday, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 & 10 p.m.

More at Denver 8 online.


Denver 8 also airs City information and events on cable Channel 58. Get access to cultural events, news from Parks & Rec, Public Works and more! Learn More

 
citywide training
 
Reduced Price and Free Classes

Featured Class: Crucial Conversations $200 (normally $300) 

With this break through process you can step up to controversial and heated issues at work and home to discuss them calmly and professionally in a way that makes it safe for everyone to speak.
 
3-day Workshops: June 15, June 22, and June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

View the Training calendar.

To enroll in a training class or for more information, contact 720-913-5628 or training@denvergov.org.


Required classes are free:

  • Ethics and Public Accountability
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination & Bullying
  • SS2 CSA Rules, Sexual Harassment & Employment Law
  • SS5 PEP Workshop
  • SS6 Effective Counseling & Discipline

Reduced Cost Classes:

  • Employee and Supervisory classes $10
  • Crucial Conversations $200
  • Power Point Training $0
  • Word Training $0
  • Outlook Training $0
  • Excel and Microsoft Project $50
  • Generations and Gender Training $0

View the Training Calendar

 
CULTURAL EVENTS
Denver 365 Events Calendar

Find out what's going on in Denver
from concerts to ball games

BUZZ ON SAFETY
 
Spring Showers

For a city that enjoys an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver has long had its trouble with flooding and loss of life due to fast moving high water.

Read More

 
FRAUD ALERT
 

From the Office of Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey

What to do if Your Identity is Stolen

Resolving the consequences of identity theft is left largely to victims. Act quickly and assertively, and keep records/copies of all contacts and reports.

  • File a report with local law enforcement and get a copy of the report for the credit agencies, banks and credit card companies. You can also request and complete the ID Theft Affidavit from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Notify your credit card companies as soon as possible and follow their advice. If you report the loss you will most likely not bet responsible for any unauthorized charges. As always, carefully monitor your credit card statements for evidence of fraudulent activity.
  • If your checking account is compromised, notify your financial institution, close affected accounts and complete “affidavits of forgery” on unauthorized checks.
  • Report the theft to one of the fraud units of the credit reporting agencies. That agency will notify the other two of possible fraud. Request the credit reporting agencies to flag your credit file for fraud. Add a victim’s statement to your report, such as: “My identification has been used to apply for fraudulent credit. Contact me at (your telephone number or address) to verify ALL applications.”
  • Consider putting Security Freezes on your credit files at the 3 credit agencies. See information at Denverda.org/Fraud Alerts or call 720-913-9179.
  • Ask utility companies (especially cellular service) to watch for anyone ordering services in your name. If you have trouble with falsified accounts, contact the Public Utility Commission.

ID Theft Assistance

Remember: You are not responsible for losses from ID theft. Your credit should not be permanently affected. No legal action should be taken. Cooperate, but don’t be coerced into paying a fraudulent debt!

Questions or assistance related to fraud: Denver DA’s Fraud Line: 720-913-9179.

For more information, visit www.Denverda.org, You can now follow us on Twitter.

 
Memorial Day Parade
 

Denver Memorial Day Parade
Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – noon
Downtown Denver around Civic Center Park

The public can view the parade along 14th St. to Court Pl., to 15th St. and Welton St., east to 17th St., south on Broadway to 14th Ave. The location of the review stand is between Colfax and 14th Ave. on Broadway.

 
Employee Discounts

 

The City Spirit Partnerships and Exclusives offer City employees discounts for various products, services and events, and is designed to recognize service, dedication and to express appreciation to all City and County of Denver employees.

Featuring: Denver Zoo Free Days for City Employees

City and County of Denver employees and immediate family can visit the Denver Zoo on the dates below and receive free admission. Please show your City ID for admission.

City Employee Free Days:
Friday, May 28, 2010
September 3, 2010
October 15, 2010

Learn more about City Spirit Exclusives and other employee discounts.

City Spirit Partnerships - Sprint discount, City and County of Denver employees are eligible to receive 10-15% off select Sprint and Nextel plans and accessories. Learn more.

 

 
effectively working with nonprofits
 

Looking to strengthen your partnerships with local nonprofit organizations? Want to initiate new collaboration? Then join the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships for this revealing, interactive training.

Informed by surveys, focus groups, and case studies with both nonprofits and City agencies about the most important and challenging issues, this training provides insight and practical tips for nonprofits who want to learn more about bridging the divide between nonprofits and the City.

Training for City Agencies: Effectively Working with Nonprofits
Date: May 19, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Location: Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax, Room 1.B.G

For more information about the training, please contact Dace West at dace.west@denvergov.org.

To register, please contact Yvonne Garcia at yvonne.garcia@denvergov.org.

 
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City and County of Denver

The mission of InSight is to provide City and County of Denver employees an opportunity to stay informed on issues and events that affect them in a publication that also showcases their accomplishments.

InSight, while produced monthly by Career Service Authority, is designed for all City departments and agencies to share information with the employee community.

Please submit articles, press releases, Citywide information by the 20th day of the month prior to publication. To submit content or for more information, contact insight@denvergov.org.