Board of Ethics
February 26, 2004
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF FEBRUARY 26, 2004
1. Chair Charles Savage called the meeting to order at 1:35 pm. Also present were Carolyn Lievers, Leonard Plank, Leslie Lawson and Christopher Weimer.
2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2004 Board of Ethics meeting.
3. Staff Director Michael Henry presented a tabulation which showed that 92% of the employees of the City and County of Denver have completed at least three hours of ethics training between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2003. He said that the Ethics Training Advisory Committee will reconvene soon to discuss the next steps in the ethics training program.
4. The Board welcomed Assistant City Attorney Christopher Lujan, who has been assigned to work with the Board of Ethics. Board members signed a letter expressing appreciation for the service of Assistant City Attorney Stan Sharoff, who had worked with the Board for the past three years.
5. Captain Joseph Padilla of the Denver Police Department presented information and responded to questions concerning his request for an advisory opinion regarding potential secondary employment in providing expert testimony in litigation concerning allegations of excessive force by police officers in jurisdictions outside of Denver.
6. Benjamin Davis, Municipal Advocate for the Colorado Public Interest Research Group provided information and responded to questions concerning a proposed city ordinance which would require lobbyists to wear nametags
7. Professor Roy Wood of the University of Denver presented a report that he and some of his students have prepared regarding codes of ethics from various cities.
8. The Board received an update regarding its efforts to improve the Denver Code of Ethics. The City Attorney has reviewed the latest draft and has given his opinion that the proposal is legally defensible. The Board hopes to have the proposal on the agenda of the City Council Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee within two months.
9. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 04-5 through 04-9.
10. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:15 pm.
Approved by the Board of Ethics: March 25, 2004