Board of Ethics
November 20, 2003
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF NOVEMBER 20, 2003
1. Chair Charles Savage called the meeting to order at 1:35pm. Also present were Christopher Weimer, Leonard Plank, Carolyn Lievers and Leslie Lawson.
2. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2003 Board of Ethics meeting.
3. Staff Director Michael Henry reported that 90% of city employees will have completed at least three hours of ethics training as of November 30, 2003 and that the Fire Department has now almost completed its ethics training. He also reported that Mayor Hickenlooper, several of his staff and Cabinet, as well as City Council members attended a full day of ethics training on October 31, presented by June Twinam. One final session is set for December 5.
4. Michael Henry and Chair Charles Savage reported that they have met with some of the Mayor’s staff and with some City Council members to brief them about the recommendations for improvements to the Code of Ethics that the Board voted to support at its September 25 meeting. They will be meeting with the City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney in mid-December, after which time the Board will discuss its next steps.
5. Michael Henry summarized the budget report, indicating that the Board of Ethics has spent or obligated 81.1% of its 2003 budget through November 30, 2003 (91.6% of the year).
6. Greg Blew of the Parks and Recreation Department provided information to the Board concerning his request for an advisory opinion concerning travel and lodging expenses during possible service as a board member of a national organization of golf course superintendents.
7. Jack Finlaw, recently-appointed director of Theaters and Arenas, addressed the Board. He indicated that he would appreciate discussing with the Board and the Mayor’s office how to clarify the relationship between Executive Order 12 (pertaining to use by mayoral appointees of sports and entertainment facilities of the City and County of Denver) and the Code of Ethics. He explained that the City owns and operates several entertainment facilities and, through its leases with various producers and promoters, obtains several free tickets to performances. Many of the tickets are given to sponsors or potential sponsors of various Theaters and Arenas activities and some are reserved for city officers or employees. The Board indicated that it would be glad to work with the Mayor’s office and the Executive Order Committee to update Executive Order 12.
8. Firefighter Matthew Berry gave information to the Board concerning a request from the Fire Department concerning Mr. Berry’s off-duty employment in assisting other firefighters with mortgage services.
9. The Board discussed a draft of the Board’s goals for 2004.
10. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 03-42 through 03-44 and to confirm the Board’s screening decision in Case 03-41.
11. The Board adjourned following the conclusion of the executive session at 3:30 pm.
Approved by Board of Ethics on December 18, 2003