We are pleased to introduce this updated Ethics Handbook for the City and County of Denver published by the Denver Board of Ethics. The handbook is one tool with which we want to work with all of you to strive for excellence and the highest ethical standards in our work for the citizens of Denver. We respect and thank all of you for your hard work and dedication and we trust that you share our belief that a great city government must start with a fundamental commitment to ethics.
This handbook includes the Denver Code of Ethics (originally adopted in 1965, significantly amended in 2001 and amended again between 2004 and today), case studies, representative opinions from the Denver Board of Ethics and other useful ethics-related information. We encourage you to review this handbook now and consult it whenever you encounter ethical questions and issues. We also encourage you to confer with the Board of Ethics, others in your agency or the City Attomey·s Office as ethical issues arise.
As stated in Ethical Principles for Public Servants ( 1992, Council for Excellence in Government):
Public service is a public trust. The highest obligation of every individual in government is to fulfill that trust. Each person who undertakes the public trust assumes two paramount obligations:
Summarized opinions given by the Denver Board of Ethics in response to fact-specific requests for advisory opinions or complaints.
All requests for advisory opinions, citizen inquiries or complaints must be submitted either by email or in writing to:
201 West Colfax Avenue # 2H13
Dept 703 (for U.S. mail)
Denver, CO 80202
How to Request Ethical Advice
The Board of Ethics, if requested, gives official written advisory opinions to city employees, elected officers, and board and commission members about the Code of Ethics issues.
Learn more about how to request ethical advice.