City Council Approves Amendments to Code of Ethics

Published on May 05, 2021

On April 26, 2021, City Council voted to pass a Bill that amends the Denver Code of Ethics.  The language in the Bill:

  • Allows the Board to consider anonymous complaints in certain circumstances;
  • Makes clear that the Board of Ethics has the authority to initiate an investigation;
  • Cleans up references to make them gender neutral;
  • Changes time frames to better work with the Board’s meeting schedule and to comply with the Rule of Seven; 
  • Makes clear that the Board of Ethics can request that it be informed of any subsequent action by the appointing authority as a result of the Board’s opinion or recommendations;  
  • Provides for a tolling period if a complaint (anonymous or signed) is received within forty-five days of a municipal election. 

NEW MEMBER APPOINTED BY MAYOR 

The Board of Ethics is pleased to announce that Mayor, Michael Hancock, has appointed the Honorable Doris E. Burd to serve as a member of the Board of Ethics. 

Judge Burd retired from the Denver County Court in 2017 where she served as a Judge for 28 years. Prior to this, she was a solo private practitioner focusing on Juvenile Law, Civil Matters, Conservatorships, and Guardianships. She also worked as a Clinical Education Supervisor through the University of Denver Law School and worked on the implementation of the recently passed Mental Health Statute through the Legal Aid Society of Colorado. She is a Board Member of the Nathan Yip Foundation and a Member of the Colorado, Denver, and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Rhone Bracket Inn of Court. 

JANE T. FELDMAN RE-APPOINTED BY CITY COUNCIL 

The Board of Ethics is pleased to announce that City Council re-appointed Jane T. Feldman to serve a second term as a member of the Denver Board of Ethics. 

Jane T. Feldman was the Executive Director of the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission for nearly six years.  Prior to that, she was a First Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Enforcement Section.  She began her legal career in the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York City.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She served on the Steering Committee and as President of the Council on Government Ethics Laws (COGEL).   She previously served on the Denver Board of Ethics in 2015, but resigned in December of 2015, because she moved to New York State to serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Ethics and Compliance for the New York State Assembly.  She served for a year and a half in that position before returning to Colorado in 2017.  She currently is the Principal of Rocky Mountain Ethics Consulting, which advises local governments on ethics issues, and has acted as pro bono counsel in several immigration cases.   She was appointed by City Council to a term that will expire on April 20, 2021.

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