December 15, 2005

Board of Ethics
December 15, 2005


1. Chair Leslie Lawson called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm. Also present were Leonard Plank, Carolyn Lievers, Lori Mack and Ann Terry.

2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2005 Board of Ethics meeting.

3. Fire Department Superintendent of Alarms presented his request for a waiver to allow him to accept travel expenses from private alarm monitoring companies so that he or his deputy can travel to other cities to inspect fire alarm monitoring facilities and to train their staff regarding Denver’s procedures and requirements. He also responded to questions from Board members.

4. Auditor Dennis Gallagher presented to the Board his ideas that the City and County of Denver should establish a fraud hotline and should adopt a whistle-blower protection ordinance.

5. Jim Nimmer, interim director of the Career Service Authority, presented an overview of the results of the CSA Employee Attitude Survey for 2005. He will return later to discuss the results in more detail.

6. Daniel Easton, a third-year student at the University of Denver, who is completing an internship with the Board of Ethics, presented his ideas developed during his internship. Specifically, he recommended

a. Add a web page format of the Code of Ethics to the website. This will allow users to look at the code much quicker and it will be much easier to read. Keep the pdf format for people who want to print out the code.

b. Change many sections of the site to allow for better navigation. Have links from lists to specific cases or sections of the code so that users can move between sections of the site with as little as effort as possible.

c. Provide the full texts of ethics decisions, not just the reader’s digest version.

d. Add a section to the ethics handbook about the “why.” One of the important parts of ethics is understanding the reasoning behind ethical rules. Since, during the training, there was an emphasis on the “spirit of the code” adding a “why” section will help people understand the spirit behind the code.

The Board members and Staff Director Michael Henry thanked Mr. Easton for his presentation and for his work during his internship.

7. Board members approved the draft of the Board’s Goals for 2006.

8. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that the Clerk and Recorder and the City Council Staff Director have agreed to assist the Board of Ethics in providing training to registered lobbyists in the next few months. The training would include aspects of the Code of Ethics which lobbyists should be familiar with and also the ordinance regulating lobbyists.

9. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 05-43 through 05-45 and to discuss the annual personnel evaluation for the Staff Director..

10. The Board adjourned at 3:00 pm following the executive session.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Henry, Staff Director

Approved by Board of Ethics: January 26, 2005