|Mayor Hancock to Propose Charter Changes to Create 21st Century City
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced today he will ask City Council to refer two questions to this fall’s ballot with proposed charter changes aimed at creating a more nimble, 21st century city government.
The ballot questions encompass 15 recommendations in two categories: one addressing public safety efficiencies and one addressing citywide innovations and improvements. The recommendations stem from the work of a Good Government Committee the Mayor convened in March.
“Over the past several months, we have taken a hard look at how our city operates,” Mayor Hancock said. “These common-sense proposals will help deliver a sustainable city structure that is built to support an unparalleled quality of life for today and for generations we will never meet. I want to thank all the members of the Good Government Committee for their diligence and hard work during this process.”
The Committee is an extension of Mayor Hancock’s Peak Performance initiative, which is saving millions of dollars and making city government more efficient, effective and customer-friendly. A review of the city’s charter and ordinances was also recommended by the Structural Financial Task Force in January 2012.
The 15 recommendations being advanced by Mayor Hancock will clarify and update the city’s charter to increase efficiency, modernize city functions and enable innovative practices. The 15 proposals include:
- Removing outdated language that prohibits departments from working collaboratively;
- Creating flexibility in the safety departments by allowing the chiefs of Fire, Police and Sheriff to appoint a set number of command staff in positions as needed;
- Strengthening the management of taxpayer funds by broadening the city's investment authority.
In addition to the 15 suggestions the Mayor is forwarding to City Council, an additional 20 ideas will continue to be analyzed over the next year. The Mayor’s Office will undertake a rigorous community conversation with the public, city employees and members of Council and the Good Government Committee.
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