Board of Ethics
April 22, 2004
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF APRIL 22, 2004
1. Chair Charles Savage called the meeting to order at 1:35 pm. Also present were Carolyn Lievers, Leslie Lawson, Christopher Weimer and Leonard Plank.
2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the March 25, 2004 Board of Ethics meeting.
3. City Auditor Dennis Gallagher presented to the Board his request for an advisory opinion concerning a study trip in which he is being asked by Regis University to teach students about the history and literature of Ireland.
4. Nancy Severson, Kurt Raschke and Cindy Bosco of the Department of Environmental Health presented to the Board a request for an advisory opinion regarding solicitation of raffle prizes to encourage city employees to reduce ozone pollution.
5. Lt. Donn Bower and retired Firefighter Lawrence Cruz discussed with the Board a request for an advisory opinion concerning whether Section 2-64 of the Code of Ethics applies to a city employee who has retired and wishes to be hired on a contract basis by another city department without waiting for the six-month waiting period to expire.
6. City Attorney Cole Finegan and Deputy City Attorney Michelle Lucero explained to the Board their recent re-organization of the Department of Law.
7. Staff Director Michael Henry and Chair Charles Savage reported on the presentation of the Board’s 2003 annual report to the City Council Inter-Governmental Committee. Michael Henry reported that the Ethics Training Oversight Committee met on April 5 and will meet again on May 17, 2004. As of March 31, 2004, 95% of all city employees had received at least 3 hours of ethics training since January 1, 2002. Michael Henry also reported that, as of April 22, 2004, the Board has received 21 formal cases in 2004 (as compared to 15 at this time in 2003) and 92 informal requests for information and/or advice (as compared to 44 at this time in 2003).
8. Michael Henry also reported that the Department of Human Services had contacted him to discuss the possibility that the Department might establish a group or process to allow informal discussion of ethical issues at the Department level.
9. Professor Roy Wood and graduate students Susan Scie and Kate Zitlow of the University of Denver presented an intermediate report on their research regarding sixteen American cities’ treatments of gifts and conflicts of interest in their Codes of Ethics. They will present their final report in a few months.
10. The Board discussed its ongoing efforts to improve the Denver Code of Ethics. The Board agreed upon its response to comments from the City Attorney’s office. The Board will soon meet with the City Attorney’s office and then with the City Council Inter-Governmental Committee.
11. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 04-16 through 04-21 and to confirm its screening decisions in Cases 04-13 through 04-15.
12. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:20 pm.
Approved by Board of Ethics – May 27, 2004