DENVER – The Screening Committee convened to conduct the search for Denver’s next Independent Monitor announced three new finalists for the position. Next week, the Committee will hold a community forum to garner public input on the finalists. Mayor Michael B. Hancock will then review and interview the candidates.
“We are so appreciative of this Committee’s hard work to identify a strong pool of candidates to serve as Denver’s next Independent Monitor,” said Mayor Hancock. “I look forward to reviewing and interviewing these finalists.”
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 reinitiated 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. The City’s Career Service Authority will perform due diligence of the final applicants.
“We are grateful for the caliber of candidates interested in becoming Denver’s new Independent Monitor and thank them all for their interest,” said Screening Committee Chair Dr. Mary Davis, who also chairs the Citizen Oversight Board. “Via a thorough and independent process, we have identified three strong candidates with extensive experience in safety and oversight as well as in community engagement.”
Of the 72 applications received, 32 applicants met the minimum requirements established for the Independent Monitor position. After careful review of these applicants, the Screening Committee identified 11 applicants to invite for interviews, eight of whom accepted.
Following those interviews, three finalists were identified:
Gary L. Maas – Maas currently serves as the Associate Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, managing the Division of Adult Parole, Community Corrections and Youthful Offender System. Prior to working at the Department of Corrections, he served as the Police Chief of Littleton for 10 years. Maas worked to reestablish standards and policies and to implement an agency-wide community policing philosophy. The Department achieved initial CALEA Accreditation in 2006, implemented a professional standards Code of Conduct and a disciplinary matrix system. Maas also served as Police Chief for Sioux City, Iowa, and as a police lieutenant for the City of Wheat Ridge. He received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Nicholas E. Mitchell, Esq. – 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. He also worked as an investigator for New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, managing 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.
Kenneth E. Moore – Moore has served the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years, holding a number of managerial positions. Most recently serving as a commander, Moore managed the Office’s budget, information technology, human resources, communications, training academy, fleet and law enforcement sections. While commander of both the Patrol Division and Administrative Services Division, a number of his units garnered "Unit of the Year" awards, including the SWAT team, human resources, communications and crime reduction units. Moore also served seven years as an internal affairs investigator and manager for the Office, conducting and monitoring investigations encompassing ethics violations, corruption, fraud, waste and abuse. Moore is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 230th Session and an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University.
A community forum will give Denver residents an opportunity to meet and speak with the finalists:
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
2949 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80211
6 – 7:30 p.m.
The 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 College 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.