Board of Ethics
October 28, 2004
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF OCTOBER 28, 2004
1. Chair Carolyn Lievers called the meeting to order at 1:35 pm. Also present were Charles Savage, Leonard Plank and Leslie Lawson. Christopher Weimer was absent.
2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2004 Board of Ethics meeting.
3. Police Sergeant Matthew Murray summarized his request for an advisory opinion (Case 04-39) and responded to questions from the Board. He requested advice concerning whether citizen volunteers under his supervision in the Volunteers in Policing program can solicit gifts to be given to police officers in appreciation for their work.
4. The Board discussed a request for a waiver received from Deputy Police Chief Steve Cooper regarding a gift which a store-owner wished to give to a police officer who had been injured arresting a suspect at the owner’s store. (The ordinance establishing the Board of Ethics requires that meetings regarding waiver requests shall be “open to the public”, that is, not in executive session.)
5. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that the Ethics Training Oversight Committee will meet in a few weeks to consider the next phase of ethics training. The Board indicated that some way needs to be found to update and reprint the Ethics Handbook for city employees, first printed in early 2002, and now out of print and needing updating, even though it is not included in the 2005 Mayor’s budget.
6. Assistant City Attorney Christopher Lujan advised the Board that City Council members have been discussing how to “synchronize” the Denver Code of Ethics with the Financial Disclosure Ordinance. The Board indicated that it would appreciate being kept informed of such efforts.
7. Professor Roy Wood of the University of Denver discussed with the Board the planned survey to assist the Board to study the perceptions of past participants in Board of Ethics cases through telephone interviews and/or written surveys to gauge the level of satisfaction of participants. The Board reviewed the survey questions and suggested a few changes.
8. The Board agreed to continue to meet in 2005 on the fourth Thursdays of each month at 1:30pm in Conference Room 7 H 10 of the Webb Municipal Office Building, except for November and December, which would be the third Thursdays.
9. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 04-39 and 04-42 through 04-44.
10. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:15 pm.
Approved by Board of Ethics: November 18, 2004