Board of Ethics
December 18, 2003
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF DECEMBER 18, 2003
1. Chair Charles Savage called the meeting to order at 1:45 pm. Also present were Christopher Weimer and Carolyn Lievers. Leslie Lawson and Leonard Plank were absent.
2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the November 20, 2003 Board of Ethics meeting.
3. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that a total of 55 of the city’s top new leaders have attended one of the recent 6-hour ethics training sessions, including four of the Auditor’s appointees, six City Council members, forty-four of the Mayor’s appointees and the Mayor. (Some of the top leaders who did not attend in 2003 attended similar sessions in 2002.) The final session occurred on December 5. The Board expressed appreciation to June Twinam for conducting the sessions, which received high approval ratings.
4. Michael Henry and Chair Charles Savage reported that they met with City Attorney Cole Finegan and Deputy City Attorney Michelle Lucero to discuss the Board’s recommendations for improvements to the Code of Ethics. All concurred that the Board should prioritize which proposals are most important. Board members will be encouraged to do this in the next few weeks.
5. Michael Henry summarized the budget report, indicating that the Board of Ethics will have spent or obligated 87.78% of its 2003 budget through December 31, 2003 (100% of the budget year).
6. Detective Ed Leger, president of the Denver Police Officers Foundation presented information to the Board and responded to questions concerning Case 03-45, which is a request for an advisory opinion about whether police officers or the Police Chief may solicit contributions to the foundation.
7. Chantal Unfug, the Mayor’s Director of Boards and Commissions, introduced herself to the Board and indicated that she and the Mayor want to become familiar with all of the many city boards and commissions. She conveyed the Mayor’s appreciation for the work done by the Board of Ethics, as well as all of the other boards and commissions.
8. Professor Roy Wood of the University of Denver explained to the Board the newly-established Center for Civic Ethics at the University of Denver. He explained several facets of the Center, including a project headed by himself and Professor Spoma Jovanovic of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro entitled City Government in Denver – Crafting an Ethical Culture, in which they will be looking for examples of ethical City and County of Denver workers and will be collaborating with the Board to establish community dialogues on ethics. He invited Board members to attend a forum about ethics at the University of Denver on February 19, 2004.
9. The Board discussed and generally approved a re-drafted set of goals for the Board of Ethics for 2004.
10. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 03-45 and 03-46.
11. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:15 pm.
Approved by the Board of Ethics: January 22, 2004