DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF MAY 28, 2007
Ann Terry called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm. Also present were Leonard Plank, Leslie Lawson and Samuel Williams. Lori Mack was absent.
1. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the April 26, 2007 Board of Ethics meeting.
2. Senior Judge Leonard Plank swore in Samuel Williams as a new member of the Board of Ethics, recently appointed by the Mayor. Edgar L. Neel also attended the meeting and will be worn in next month after City Council concludes its procedures to appoint him as a new member of the Board of Ethics. Board members welcomed both Mr. Williams and Mr. Neel. Staff Director Michael Henry reminded all Board members that the Board will have a lunch on June 28 to thank outgoing Board members Carolyn Lievers and Leonard Plank for their service and to welcome Mr. Williams and Mr. Neel.
3. David Rinaldo, a restaurant inspector with the Denver Department of Environmental Health, presented his request for an advisory opinion regarding his desire to engage in outside employment with a private company that performs third-party audits of restaurants and responded to questions from the Board.
4. Bruce Plotkin, a hearing officer for the Career Service Authority, presented his request for an advisory opinion as to whether he could properly serve on committees working to revise Career Service rules and responded to questions from the Board.
5. The Board had a discussion with Budget Analyst Kelly Greunke concerning the Board’s budget request for 2008, which must be submitted to the Budget Office by June 15, 2007. The Board moved, seconded and unanimously passed a motion to support the budget request proposed by Michael Henry.
6. The Board moved, seconded and unanimously passed a motion to support the re-draft of suggested changes to the Code of Ethics to be forwarded to City Council.
7. The Board moved, seconded and passed unanimously a motion that the Board whole-heartedly supports the draft of a “whistle-blower protection” ordinance which City Councilmember Jeanne Faatz is planning to present to City Council.
8. The Board elected Lori Mack as chair of the Board of Ethics for the next year and Leslie M. Lawson as vice-chair.
9. The Board voted to go into executive session to deliberate on Cases 07-9, 07-10 and 07-13 through 07-15.
10. The meeting adjourned at 3:20pm following the conclusion of the executive session.
Michael Henry, Staff Director
Approved by Board of Ethics: June 28, 2007