August 25, 2005

Board of Ethics
August 25, 2005


1. Vice-chair Leonard Plank called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm. Chair Leslie Lawson arrived shortly thereafter. Also present were members Lori Mack and Ann Terry. Carolyn Lievers was absent.

2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the July 28, 2005 Board of Ethics meeting.

3. Board member and Senior Judge Leonard Plank swore in new Board of Ethics member Ann Terry.

4. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that the office of the Board of Ethics will move its office in early September, to make room for the Office of Cultural Affairs from the 7th floor of the Wellington Webb Building to the second floor (2H13).

5. Budget Analyst Kelly Greunke reported that the Budget and Management Office will be recommending to the Mayor a 2006 budget for the Board of Ethics of $86,700. The Mayor will review the budget before recommending the entire city 2006 budget to City Council in mid-September.

6. David Lewis from the Auditor’s Office presented information to the Board and responded to questions concerning Case 05-22, requesting advice concerning whether he may be a candidate for the Denver Board of Education, and, if elected, how he should resolve any potential conflicts of interest.

7. The Board members signed a letter to independent agencies, such as the Denver Urban Renewal Agency, Denver Public Library, Denver Housing Authority, Denver Water, etc., requesting them to consider voluntarily adopting the Denver Code of Ethics and/or utilizing the Denver Board of Ethics for ethics advice, ethics training, etc.

8. Professor Roy Wood of the University of Denver summarized the progress that he and his colleague, Professor Spoma Jovanovic from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, are making in preparing a study of the Denver ethics initiative.

9. The Board considered a written complaint received by the Board of Ethics making allegations against a person who was not a city employee, official or officer. After discussion the Board agreed unanimously to 1) delegate to the Staff Director the ability to dismiss or reject a written inquiry or complaint that does not name any employee, officer or official of the City and County of Denver, based on lack of jurisdiction and 2) dispense with mailing a copy of the inquiry to the “subject of the inquiry,” which is otherwise required by Section 2-56(5) of the Code of Ethics, if that person is not an employee, officer or official of the City and County of Denver.

10. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 05-22 through 05-25.

11. The Board adjourned at 3:30 pm following the executive session.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Henry, Staff Director

Approved by the Board of Ethics – September 22, 2005