Board of Ethics
June 24, 2004
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF JUNE 24, 2004
1. Chair Carolyn Lievers called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm. Also present were Charles Savage and Christopher Weimer. Leonard Plank and Leslie Lawson were absent.
2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the May 27, 2004 Board of Ethics meeting.
3. Christopher Weimer explained to the Board a program that he is administering through the Office of Employee Assistance. The program, known as Denver Employees Emergency Program (DEEP), solicits voluntary donations from city employees and others and then distributes grants (up to $300 per calendar year per employee) to city employees in need of emergency assistance.
4. Board members continued their ongoing discussion regarding the Board’s proposals to improve the Code of Ethics. Carolyn Lievers, Staff Director Michael Henry and Assistant City Attorney Christopher Lujan reported that they met on June 18 with City Council President Elbra Wedgeworth, Councilwoman Carol Boigon, chair of the City Council Inter-governmental Committee, Deputy City Attorney Michelle Lucero and Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell to discuss the proposals. All appeared to be in agreement with the proposals. Michael Henry announced that the Inter-governmental Committee will tentatively consider the proposals on July 13.
5. Assistant City Attorneys Chris Mootz and Vicky Ortega; Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Cec Ortiz; Manager of the Department of Human Services Roxane White; Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development John Huggins and Lisa Flores of the Mayor’s staff all addressed the Board and responded to questions concerning Case 04-24. The case requested an advisory opinion concerning whether it was a violation of the Code of Ethics for persons who work with agencies that are recommended to receive funds through the Denver Welfare Reform Board to serve on that board.
6. Fred Weiss of the Department of Parks and Recreation discussed the issues and responded to questions regarding Case 04-23, which was a request for an advisory opinion concerning the propriety of the Department giving free golf privileges at City courses to certain groups.
7. Michael Henry advised the Board that the budget request for 2005 was submitted to the Finance Office on June 11, including the request made by the Board on May 27 for $10,000 to update and print the 2002 Ethics Handbook and to obtain expert assistance to update the curriculum of ethics training.
8. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 04-23 through 04-29.
9. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:00 pm.
Approved by the Board of Ethics on July 22, 2004