Independent Monitor Selection Panel Forwards Three Finalists to Mayor Hickenlooper

Independent Monitor Selection Panel Forwards Three Finalists to Mayor Hickenlooper


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Independent Monitor Selection Panel Forwards Three Finalists to Mayor Hickenlooper

Mayor will interview candidates; Decision expected by mid-March; City Council consideration to follow.

(DENVER) After receiving 200 initial applications, the Independent Monitor Selection Panel has narrowed the candidates to three finalists, whose names they have forwarded to Mayor John Hickenlooper for consideration. Mayor Hickenlooper will interview all three candidates and expects to present his choice to City Council by mid-March.

“Denver is excited about the tremendous interest expressed in the Independent Monitor position, and I am especially grateful to the selection panel for the time, energy and expertise they invested in selecting three high caliber finalists,” said Mayor Hickenlooper. “I look forward to meeting and interviewing the finalists next week.”

Of the 200 applications initially received, approximately 75 applicants met the minimum requirements established for the Independent Monitor position. After careful review of these 75 applicants, the selection panel identified 12 applicants for personal interviews. (One of the 12 subsequently withdrew because of another job offer.) Following the interviews and further review of the 11 semi-finalists, three finalists were identified who demonstrated the experience and skills needed to be successful in the Independent Monitor position.

“The overall quality of the candidates, combined with their diverse array of skills and experience, made our decision very difficult,” said Selection Panel Chair Joseph Sandoval, who also chairs the newly created Citizen Oversight Board. “While the approaches of the three finalists vary, all three have relevant experience in the areas of conducting and reviewing investigations, managing an office, and reviewing employee conduct. We believe they represent a wide range of skills and experience and possess a superior knowledge of the requirements and challenges of the oversight of law enforcement agencies.”

The three finalists for Independent Monitor are the following:

Denise DeForest currently works in the Office of the Public Safety Auditor in Omaha, Nebraska. A former chair of Denver’s Public Safety Review Commission, a former disciplinary prosecutor in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and a former investigator for the U.S. Senate, Georgetown University Law Center, and District of Columbia Public Defender Service, DeForest currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University and is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Amos D. Martinez, Ph.D., is the program director for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies in Mental Health Occupations and Practice Regulation group and previously served as an investigator for the State’s Professional Licensing Boards. He is a former criminal investigator in the Denver District Attorney’s Office, a former police sergeant and detective in Grand Junction, Colorado, and a former social worker, youth counselor and juvenile parole counselor. Dr. Martinez holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, as well as masters degrees in social work, criminal justice, and public administration. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Richard A. Rosenthal is the director of the Independent Police Review Division for the City of Portland, Oregon. He previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County where he specialized in the investigation and prosecution of judges, public officials and police officers, receiving commendations from both the Los Angeles Police and Sheriffs Departments for his role in uncovering scandals. Active in the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Rosenthal is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University and an instructor in the Portland Police Bureau Advanced Academy and Citizen Academies. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

The selection panel was composed of the following individuals: (Chair) Joseph G. Sandoval, chair of the Citizen Oversight Board and chair of Metropolitan State College of Denver’s criminal justice department; Kelly Brough, director of the City and County of Denver’s Career Service Authority; Retired Denver District Court Judge Richard Spriggs; Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia, chair of City Council’s Public Safety Committee; and Sam Pailca, director of the Office of Professional Accountability in Seattle, Washington.

It is expected that Mayor Hickenlooper’s choice for Independent Monitor will be presented to the City Council Safety Committee on March 16, 2005. Final City Council consideration could occur as early as March 28, 2005.

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Posted on Mar 02, 2005 (Archive on Apr 01, 2005)
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