DENVER - Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the selection of Nicholas E. Mitchell, Esq. to be Denver’s next Independent Monitor, pending City Council confirmation.
Mitchell will be responsible for actively monitoring and participating in investigations of sworn personnel in the City and County of Denver’s Police and Sheriff Departments.
“Strengthening the relationship between our residents and our safety officials is one of my highest priorities, and the Independent Monitor plays a vital role in that process,” Mayor Hancock said. “Nicholas will bring a judicious eye and investigative wherewithal to the position, traits we are working to instill at all levels of the civilian oversight process. He will aid in providing transparent, balanced and swift resolution to our disciplinary actions, and ultimately help make Denver a safer city.”
The Office of the Independent Monitor was created to provide fair and objective oversight of the Denver Police and Sheriff’s Departments. As the Independent Monitor, Mitchell will make recommendations to the Manager of Safety, Chief of Police and Director of Corrections regarding disciplinary action as well as broader disciplinary policy issues.
“I’m greatly honored to have been selected by Mayor Hancock to take on this important position,” Mitchell said. “This is a unique opportunity for a fresh approach when it comes to investigating cases of alleged misconduct. I will work to ensure that investigations are conducted aggressively but fairly, to foster transparency in the process and to help strengthen relationships between the public and Denver’s safety departments.”
Mitchell currently works as a federal and state commercial litigator at Silver & DeBoskey in Denver, focusing on complex commercial, real estate and employment matters. Before joining Silver & DeBoskey, Mitchell was a litigator at Allen & Overy, a large international law firm, where he litigated securities class-action lawsuits and U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.
Prior to his career in private practice, Mitchell served as an investigator for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, supervising a team of investigators responsible for investigating alleged police misconduct.
Mitchell is a past co-chair of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter and is fluent in Spanish. He received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, NY, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College, WA.
The Independent Monitor Screening Committee was composed of the following individuals: Dr. Mary Davis, Chair of the Citizen Oversight Board and President/CEO of McGlothin Davis Inc.; Dr. Joseph Sandoval, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver; Paul Lopez, District 3 Councilman for the City and County of Denver; Judge Claudia Jordan, Denver County Court Judge; and Dr. Nita Mosby-Henry, Director of the Career Service Authority.
The Screening Committee began its work in January 2012. An offer was extended to an individual from the initial pool of candidates. The offer was declined, and on May 11, the Mayor requested that the Committee reconvene in order to forward additional candidates. The Committee re-initiated the national application process.
The application submission period closed June 10. The Committee then reviewed and evaluated applications, contacted applicants, set and conducted interviews, and selected final candidates for consideration. Next, the City’s Career Service Authority performed due diligence of the final applicants and a community forum was held to introduce the candidates to Denver residents. The Mayor conducted interviews and made his final selection from the three finalists last week.