With the Delta variant surging, Denver has issued new public health orders requiring pre-K through 12th-grade students to wear masks at school and requiring city employees and some private-sector workers in high-risk settings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Following many months of community advocacy, research, and collaboration among City and community partners, Councilmembers Jamie Torres, Stacie Gilmore, and Robin Kniech have put forth a proposed charter amendment to strengthen the independence of the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM). Developed in partnership with Citizen Oversight Board (COB) members, the proposed changes rose to the top as both requiring a legislative solution and significantly impacting the efficacy of the OIM. If this amendment is approved by City Council, it will then go on toa vote of the people of Denver on November 2, 2021.
The charter amendment that has been moved to the 2021 ballot includes 3 significant changes:
Supporters of these changes include:
Handout: Ensuring a strong framework for the Office of the Independent Monitor(PDF, 347KB)
Handout: 2021 Proposed Charter Change(PDF, 139KB)
Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 274KB)
Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee presentation(PDF, 319KB)
Denver Justice Project letter of support(PDF, 48KB)