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Permissible Political Activities by City Employees

As Denver prepares for state and national elections, questions will be asked about permissible political activities by city employees. This email is to remind employees of the restrictions on employees engaging in political activities at work.

Career Service Rule 16-26 states the following:

Section 16-26 Political Activities (Effective February 12, 2016)

  1. Employees are prohibited from engaging in political activities during working hours. Employees also are prohibited from using city facilities and/or resources in connection with campaigns or other political activities.
  2. City facilities and/or resources may not be used to solicit:
    1. Monetary political contributions; or
    2. Any other contribution of services or resources for political purposes from any officer or employee.
  3. Employees shall not engage in the following activities at any time:
    1. Taking any action or making any promise or threat of action to any employee because of the employee’s giving or the withholding of a political contribution or service; or
    2. Engaging in solicitation or politically motivated behavior that is harassing or discriminatory.

Accordingly, employees are not permitted to spend work time involved in campaign activities. Employees also are prohibited from using city facilities and/or resources in connection with campaign or other political activities. City resources include, but are not limited to, telephones, e-mail, fax machines, interoffice mail, voice mail, photocopiers and office supplies.

If you should have any questions regarding the application of this rule, please contact Chris Longshore, Office of Human Resources at 720.913.5657.