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HRCP 2019 Commissioner Guide

On behalf of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the City and County of Denver – WELCOME!

We here at the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP) are grateful for your willingness to join one of our ten mayoral advocacy commissions.

HRCP is the umbrella agency for ten offices, ten commissions, and many programs and initiatives. HRCP was created to develop and conduct programs for community groups, Denver employers, and local agencies specifically to address issues and opportunities of nonprofits, older adults, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons, and people with disabilities.

This guide aims to be a useful resource for you as you navigate your new role as an HRCP commissioner.

This guide includes information about HRCP, its offices and commissions, City and County of Denver government, the legislative process, and most importantly the expectations and roles of you as a city commissioner.

Thank you for stepping up and stepping in to be a connecter, advocate, and resource for the community members we serve.

Our work is never done, and we certainly can’t do it alone.

Welcome to the team!

Sincerely,
Derek Okubo Executive Director Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships

Vision
HRCP envisions a unified city, with community leaders and the resources of government coming together to create strong partnerships and capacities throughout Denver. In addition to supporting and empowering diverse communities in all neighborhoods, the agency creates opportunities for innovation to take root in local government and throughout the community to affect local challenges. The model of inclusiveness, HRCP recognizes that diverse perspectives, skills and resources strengthen the foundation for lasting solutions.

Mission
HRCP works proactively to build capacities and strengthen connections that result in stronger relationships in the community through collaboration, communication and advocacy.

HRCP is the umbrella agency for ten offices and ten commissions.

History of HRCP
The Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships began under then Mayor Quiqq Newton as the Committee on Human Rights in 1948. HRCP was created out of a need to address racial tensions in Denver through establishing an authorized public agency to work with city departments for the promotion of democratic human relations.

HRCP Staff
Rowena Alegria
Jessica Calderon
Maria Corral
Kim Desmond
Will Flowers
Michelle Garcia
Olga Garcia
Perla Gheiler
Lorelei Johnson
Shawn Johnson
Jessica Jorgensen
Kaye Kavanagh
Lorrie Kosinski
Swanhilda Lily
Derek Okubo
Atim Otii Ron Ojeda
Juan Pasillas
Aisha Rousseau
Marcia Romero
Jose Rosales
Jason Salas
Ken Seeley
Kaylie Showers
Darius Smith
Roxana Soto
Alvin Tafoya

HRCP Offices/Divisions
Anti-Discrimination Office
Division of Equity & Social Innovation
Division of Disability Rights
Office of Community Affairs
Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection
Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Office of Sign Language Services
Office of Storytelling
Office of Strategic Partnerships
Office on Aging

HRCP Commissions
African American Commission
American Indian Commission
Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Commission for People with Disabilities
Commission on Aging
Immigrant & Refugee Commission
Latino Commission
LGBTQ Commission
Strategic Partnerships Commission
Women’s Commission

Denver Anti-Discrimination Office (DADO): DADO enforces the ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on race, age, color, sexual orientation, gender variance, religion, marital status, national origin, military status, gender or physical or mental disability. Investigates complaints in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, private education, private health and welfare services.

Denver Division of Equity & Social Innovation (DDESI): DESI builds culturally responsive strategies, and leadership for social justice by generating inclusive ideas, information, and organizational cultures that promote racial equity.

Denver Division of Disability Rights (DDDR): DODR partners with city agencies to promote equal access by ensuring compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws affecting people with disabilities. It provides information, education, guidance, referrals and technical assistance to residents and city departments, oversight of the city’s ADA transition plan, ADA-related complaint investigations and architectural plan reviews.

Denver Office on Aging: The Denver Office on Aging serves Denver’s older adult population by advocating for their rights and concerns, developing strategies to increase community awareness of older adult issues, recruiting volunteers, and providing information, resources and referrals.

Denver Office of Community Affairs: The Denver Office of Community Affairs advances Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s mission to deliver a world-class city by leveraging his top priorities through outreach, community engagement and advocacy efforts.

Denver Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection (DOFEP): OFEP works to improve residents’ economic mobility by identifying and bridging gaps through coordinated efforts across internal and external partners, developing solutions through programs, policy and practice to help stabilize families and individuals.

Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (DOIRA): DOIRA promotes the well-being of immigrant and refugee communities, advocating for their inclusive and meaningful integration into Denver’s vibrant civic, economic and cultural life through community engagement and capacity building.

Denver Office of Sign Language Services (DOSLS): DOSLS works with city agencies to make their programs, services, and public meetings accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing technical assistance, education, sign language interpreting and open captioning via Communication Access Real-Time Transcription (CART).

Denver Office of Storytelling: The Denver Office of Storytelling brings City & County of Denver entities together with sister agencies, nonprofits, foundations and businesses to foster conversations among residents, and open the hearts, minds and doors of everyone who calls Denver home.

Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP): DOSP focuses on encouraging the creation and expansion of partnerships between nonprofits and city agencies, helping to enhance connections that leverage government and nonprofit resources in innovative ways. It believes that by working collectively, public and nonprofit sectors can be more efficient and effective in strengthening Denver's communities.

Denver African American Commission (DAAC): The DAAC acts as a convener by hosting forums, communities, community groups, panels, focus groups, inbound information, a communicator via website, directories, flyers, urban spectrum, other city offices, an advocate with policy makers, and a resource for the Mayor.

Denver American Indian Commission (DAIC): The DAIC enhances present and future communications between the Denver American Indian Community and the City and County of Denver and advocates for social and cultural awareness and to promote economic and political equality.

Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC): The DAAPIC acts as a catalyst, educator, collective voice, responds to issues and advocates based on community assessment of need, and creates awareness and visibility of the AAPI community.

Denver Commission for People with Disabilities (DCPD): The DCPD promotes and enhances equality for people with disabilities through empowerment, advocacy, and education by working with community members, as well as City and County of Denver officials and employees who can affect change.

Denver Commission on Aging (DCOA): The DCOA helps to make Denver the best community for older adults through outreach, communication and advocacy by advocating for their rights and concerns, empowering older adults through dissemination of information and sharing community resources, and monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting older adults.

Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission (DIRC): The DIRC advocates for the immigrant and refugee communities in the City of Denver, connects communities with allies, stakeholders and resources in Denver, and provides valuable community context and input to policy makers.

Denver Latino Commission (DLC): The DLC responds to state or local legislative issues impacting the Latino community, advises the Mayor on suggested political positions, and responds to emerging issues.

Denver LGBTQ Commission (DLGBTQC): The Denver LGBTQ Commission advises HRCP's Executive Director and the Mayor on the critical issues and opportunities facing the LGBTQ community, recommends legislation, policies, programs, procedures, or administrative actions that advance social, economic, and political equality for the LGBTQ community, and supports efforts to organize, educate, and mobilize the LGBTQ community.

Denver Strategic Partnerships Commission (DSPC): The DSPC is made up of representatives from the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Commissioners provide insight and recommendations on issues related to the nonprofit sector.

Denver Women’s Commission (DWC): The DWC promotes the social, economic and political quality of life in Denver by assisting women in the attainment of equality and full opportunity by advocating for women, empowering women through coalition building, disseminating information and sharing community resources.

HRCP Advisory Board
The HRCP Advisory Board is made up of 15 members, 10 representatives from our Commissions and 5 at-large community members. The Advisory Board advises the Executive Director on special or emerging issues or opportunities that may affect our communities and HRCP.

Bank On Denver
Bank On Denver partners with financial institutions to develop financial products that meets the needs of low-income residents and connects unbanked and underbanked individuals and families to those safe and affordable financial products and services.

Cabinet in the Community (CIC)

Cabinet in the Community is a quarterly opportunity for members of the community to come and hear brief presentations by Mayor Michael B. Hancock and his cabinet members on important community issues. Community members are also given an opportunity to speak face-to-face with the Mayor and members about any pressing issues they might have.

Census 2020
April 1, 2020 is officially Census Day when the country will count every person residing in the US. But Denver is preparing far in advance to develop the right strategy to ensure all residents, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and/or immigration status, all know what the Census is, how their data is protected, and why it’s so critical for all Denverites to participate.

Deaf Advisory Committee
The Deaf Advisory Committee advises the Denver Office of Sign Language Services (DOSLS) on issues and opportunities as they relate to Deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind and Deafdisabled (DHHDBDD) people in the Denver metro are and advocates on behalf of DHHDBDD people by recommending necessary procedures, programs, legislation or administrative action.

Denver Days
Denver Days is a program during the first week of August that encourages neighbors to get to know their neighbors by hosting block parties, picnics, and service projects with the focus on building community. Denver

Immigrant Legal Services Fund
The fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations to provide legal representation for qualified individuals threatened with or in removal proceedings.

Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI)
Featuring 10 Sister Cities from around the world, DSCI is a network of people—diverse global ambassadors—interwoven with common thoughts, ideas and the notion of active participation.

Denver Snow Angels
Denver Snow Angels is a volunteer program where volunteers help older adults and people with disabilities with snow removal during the winter season.

DenverConnect
DenverConnect is a mobile resource center designed to connect older adults with information. The program targets low-income and racial/ethnic minorities.

Financial Empowerment Centers (FEC)
Denver Financial Empowerment Centers offer free one-on-one financial coaching that helps residents reduce debt, develop savings, establish credit, increase credit scores, and obtain access to banking services, energy assistance, housing assistance and free tax preparation.

Funding and Contracting Efficiency Initiative (FACE)
The Funding and Contracting Efficiency (FACE) Initiative is an effort to work with City partners to enhance our procurement processes and policies within and across City agencies.

I Am Denver
I Am Denver highlights and celebrates our residents, neighborhoods and history while allowing for high-level discussions around topics affecting Denver.

Immigrant Integration Mini-grants
The Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program provides funding for Denver residents to create small, community-driven projects designed to bridge immigrant and receiving communities.

Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Every year, each HRCP commission votes to honor one unsung hero in their respective communities. During the fall, an award ceremony occurs honoring those awardees and is hosted by a different commission each year.

Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award
This award is presented eight times a year, honors men and women who make unique contributions to the community. The recipient receives a $2,000 cash award to designate to a non-profit agency of their choice.

Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award
Since August 2007, the award has been presented annually by the Denver Mayor to a member of the community who exemplifies the civic leadership qualities demonstrated by Monte Pascoe.

Neighborhood Mediation
HRCP provides mediation, facilitation, and conflict resolution services for neighborhood disputes through a neutral third-party vendor, Community Mediation Concepts.

Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI)
The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) development opportunities and tools for every city employee to design equitable city policies, initiatives, budgets, and programs.

Shared Space Initiative
The Denver Shared Space Project is a nationally recognized public-private partnership that promotes best practice creation and operation of multi-tenant nonprofit centers in Denver.

(Source: City and County of Denver Municipal Code)

HRCP’s governing information is in Chapter 28 of Denver’s municipal code.

HRCP’s ordinance outlines the powers and duties of the agency, commissions, and the Advisory Board.

HRCP’s ordinance includes information regarding the following:
• HRCP power and duties, mission, and membership
• Commission appointments, removals, terms, membership, and powers and duties
• Advisory Board appointments, removals, terms, membership, and powers and duties

Chapter 28 - HUMAN RIGHTS

ARTICLE I. - IN GENERAL

Secs. 28-1—28-15. - Reserved.

ARTICLE II. - AGENCY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Sec. 28-16. - Created.
    There is hereby created the agency for human rights and community partnerships as a staff agency under the mayor. The agency shall consist of the executive director and appropriate staff.

Sec. 28-17. - Powers and duties.
The powers and duties of the agency are:
    1) To develop and conduct programs to be used by community groups, Denver employers, and local agencies specifically to address issues and opportunities of nonprofits, older adults, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and people with disabilities.
    2) Upon request of a city agency or the mayor, to conduct programs for city employees that will improve their understanding of the issues and opportunities of older adults, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, people with disabilities, and nonprofits working with or on behalf of any of these populations.
    3) In the event of widespread civil disturbance, natural disaster or other emergency, and at the request of the mayor, to provide for dissemination of reliable and accessible information to citizens in coordination with the office of emergency preparedness and other appropriate agencies. Accessible information may include, without limitation, sign language interpretation, computer aided real-time transcription, Braille, and other accommodations based on a disability.
    4) Assist community groups which seek improved city services or improved communications with the city and to report to the mayor and the council on these activities in a timely manner.
    5) To make available to Denver residents, neighborhood organizations and groups, nonprofits, older adults, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, women, and people with disabilities information regarding community services for these populations.
    6) To act as liaison of the city to the Denver Sister Cities International organization.
    7) To exercise powers provided to the agency under article IV of this chapter.
    8) To promote compliance with and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act among city departments and properties and act as a resource for external entities.   
    9) To engage and integrate new and developing communities in civic participation and community involvement.
    10) To develop and execute training and capacity building programs that build relationships, knowledge, and skills for city agencies, nonprofits, and the community to work together.
    11) To develop and execute initiatives that create an enhanced environment of support for nonprofits and community members working with the City and County of Denver.
    12) To leverage, coordinate, or distribute resources to enhance nonprofit and community access to funding opportunities to better meet community needs.

Sec. 28-18. - Mission.
The Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnership's mission is to proactively protect human rights, build capacities, and strengthen connections that result in stronger relationships in the community through collaboration, communication, and advocacy. Its mission is to be construed and executed consistent with the Charter and authority granted in this article II.

Sec. 28-19. - Membership in outside organizations.
Staff members shall not participate as members in outside organizations on city time, without prior written approval from the executive director.

Sec. 28-20. - Commissions—Created.
The following commissions are hereby created: a Commission for People with Disabilities, Commission on Aging, Denver Women's Commission, Denver Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Commission, Denver Latino Commission, Denver African American Commission, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, Denver American Indian Commission, Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission, and Denver Office for Strategic Partnerships Commission.

Sec. 28-21. - Commissions—Appointments, removal, terms.
    a) Each commission must consist of no less than seven (7) commission members and no more than twenty-one (21) commission members. All members of each commission shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by council acting by resolution.
    b) Commission members shall serve without compensation, except that commission members may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with the work of the commission in accordance with the Charter and Code, executive orders, fiscal rules, and city policies and as approved by the executive director.
    c) All members will serve in accordance with section 2.2.6 of the Charter.
    d) The terms of the members shall be two (2) years; the terms shall be staggered so that one-half (½) of the members are appointed each year. In the event of the death or resignation of any member, the successor shall be appointed in the manner provided for original appointment, to serve for the unexpired portion of the term for which such member has been appointed.
    e) Subject to the executive director's confirmation, chairpersons will be elected by the respective commissions in accordance with its bylaws.
    f) The term of each chairperson is one (1) year. No commission member may serve as chairperson for more than two (2) consecutive one-year terms.

Sec. 28-22. - Commissions—Membership.
    a) The membership of the commission shall make a good faith effort to represent the ethnic, gender, racial, age distribution, sexual orientation, geographic area, and political viewpoints and affiliations of their constituency population.
    b) Qualifications for commission membership must be set forth in the respective commissions' by-laws.

Sec. 28-23. - Commissions—Powers and duties.
The powers and duties of each of the commissions are to:
    1) Advise the executive director and the mayor on the special issues and opportunities of its respective constituent groups.
    2) Recommend necessary procedures, programs, legislation or administrative action and to promote equal rights and opportunity for the people of the city to the executive director.
    3) Develop and present goals and objectives of the commissions to the executive director and the advisory board annually.
    4) Elect one (1) individual as its delegate to the advisory board and one (1) individual as its alternate delegate to the advisory board. If the primary delegate cannot attend a scheduled meeting or perform their duties, the alternate delegate shall attend scheduled meetings and perform duties at the primary delegate's request.
    5) Develop and adopt bylaws concerning internal affairs, including, without limitation, membership qualifications, governance, and operation of the commission. All bylaws, including any amendments thereto, are subject to the executive director's approval.
    6) Provide, as requested by the agency, input to office directors regarding annual goals, priorities, and objectives.

Sec. 28-24. - Advisory board—Created.
The human rights and community partnerships advisory board is hereby created.

Sec. 28-25. - Advisory board—Appointments, removal, terms.
    a) The advisory board shall consist of one (1) representative from each agency commission and five (5) community representatives. The community representatives shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by council acting by resolution. All members shall serve in accordance with section 2.2.6 of the Charter.
    b) The members shall serve without compensation, except that advisory board members may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with the work of the advisory board in accordance with the Charter and Code, executive orders, fiscal rules, and city policies and as approved by the executive director.
    c) The terms of the advisory board members shall be two (2) years.
    d) The terms shall be staggered so that one-half (½) of the members are appointed each year. In the event of the death or resignation of any member, a successor shall be appointed in the manner provided for original appointment, to serve for the unexpired portion of the term for which such member has been appointed.
    e) The advisory board shall nominate a member to serve as chairperson who upon acceptance of the nomination, confirmation by the executive director, and subject to the Charter, article II of this chapter, and the advisory board's bylaws, shall serve as chair for a period of one (1) year. No advisory board member elected chairperson may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms as chairperson. The executive director has the right to remove the chairperson from this position for cause.

Sec. 28-26. - Advisory board—Membership.
The advisory board will consist of a representative from each commission and five (5) community representatives. Community representatives may not concurrently serve on any of the agency's commissions and the advisory board.

Sec. 28-27. - Advisory board—Powers and duties.
The powers and duties of the advisory board shall be to:
    a) Advise the executive director on special or emerging issues or opportunities that may affect constituent groups.
    b) Provide input to the executive director regarding annual agency goals, priorities, and objectives, such as analysis of the annual plans of the advisory commissions.
    c) Receive reports from commission delegates regarding the work of the delegates respective commission as it relates to the advisory board's agenda.
    d) Create sub-committees, as needed, to research an emerging issue or situation for a time period determined by the advisory board and recommend necessary procedures, programs, legislation or administrative action in a final report submitted to the executive director.
    e) The advisory board shall meet at least six (6) times a year and may hold special meetings as the chairperson deems necessary.
    f) Develop and adopt bylaws concerning governance and operation of the board. All bylaws, including amendments thereto, are subject to the executive director's approval.
    g) The advisory board shall conduct a review every five (5) years to assess the viability and effectiveness of each commission and to evaluate the need to eliminate existing or establish new commissions. The advisory board shall report its findings and make recommendations to the executive director in writing or orally or both as requested by the executive director or mayor.

Each commission has bylaws that serve as its governing document.

These bylaws include information on commission:

Mission and purpose

Membership

    o Number of commissioners
    o Composition of commission
    o Terms
    o Resignation
    o Removal
    o Staff liaison

Meetings and quorum

    o Number of meetings per year
    o Open meetings law
    o Parliamentary authority
    o Participation
    o Quorum
    o Voting

Officers

    o Composition
    o Elections

Committees

    o Executive
    o Others as deemed necessary

Contact your staff liaison to receive a copy of your commission’s bylaws.

Denver African American Commission
Held Economic Equity Summit where 70 attendees learned about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and home ownership and inviestment.

Denver American Indian Commission
Co-produced (with the Colorado Commission Indian Affairs and Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce) the 2015 Colorado American Indian and Alaska Native Economic Impact Report

Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Published "Finding Common Ground: A Report on Denver's Asian American Pacific Islander Community," based on a listening session with Asian American and Pacific Islander service providers. The report offered recommendations for action to address policy and service gaps.

Denver Commission for People with Disabilities
Generated the "H Campaign," a public service announcement encouraging people not to use the word "handicapped."

Denver Commission on Aging
Successfully created an opportunity for older adults to share concerns and be served through a one day fair named “Seniors in September.”

Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission
Held community forums on two key topics in 2018: Housing Discrimination and the Source of Income ordinance and on proposed changes to federal Public Charge policies for immigrants.

Denver Latino Commission
Provided scholarships for Latino youth to attend the University of Colorado LYNX National Arts and Media Camps.

Denver LGBTQ Commission
Helped Denver pass a gender-neutral bathroom ordinance and the conversion therapy ban in Denver.

Denver Strategic Partnerships Commission
Organized initiatives to create a "Mayor’s Fund" for Denver, which will allow public and private entities to collaborate on efforts to address the diverse needs of Denver’s varied communities and residents.

Denver Women’s Commission
Formulated a strategic plan to launch the Denver Thrives When Women Thrive Guide, a tool to help employers work toward operationalizing industry-wide gender equity standards.

(Source: City and County of Denver Social Media Usage Policy)

Purpose
To define the policies for the use of Social Media by Agencies and Departments within the City and County of Denver

Scope
All Agencies and Departments of the City and County of Denver, including divisions, programs, events and venues

Definitions
Social Media – any form of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)

Policy - General
The City and County of Denver uses social media to connect with its constituents and to increase the visibility of its activities. Agencies using social media must comply with this policy in its entirety.

Authorization
    1) The creation of all social media sites is subject to the approval of the Public Information Officer (PIO) or person with equivalent responsibilities  in each agency or department.
    2) Only approved social media sites are official City sites and subject to  this City policy. Each PIO (or department head, in agencies with no PIO)    shall notify Technology Services of the creation of a new official site.    Unauthorized sites may be shut down by Technology Services.
    3) When offered by a social media hosting company, social media site    administrators should select “government” site types to create new sites.    Creation is to be accomplished under acceptable governmental terms. As    an example of governmental terms as of the date of the policy, for    Facebook, terms protecting the City from illegal contract terms of use    were found at: https://www.facebook.com/terms_pages_gov.php
    4) Technology Services is responsible for maintaining an inventory    ensuring that all official social media sites are compliant with applicable    information security policies, and for performing periodic risk    assessments of official social media sites.

Communications Strategy
    5) The Mayor’s Office of Communications is responsible for creating and  updating social media communications guidelines and for promulgating    the guidelines to agencies and departments under the executive direction of the Mayor.
    6) Agencies and departments are responsible for creating and updating  social media strategy specific to their operations that will be reviewed by    the Mayor’s Office of Communications to ensure that conflicting    communications strategies do not exist.
    7) Agencies and departments are responsible for creating and    maintaining social media policies specific to their operations. These policies must, at a minimum, adhere to the requirements of this City policy.

Compliance
    8) Official social media sites shall always comply with applicable laws,    including but not limited to:
        a) Open Meetings Requirements, per the Denver Revised Municipal  Code (DRMC Section 2-31 et seq.)
        b) Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) (C.R.S. 24-72-201 to 24-           72-309
    9) Official social media sites must comply with Executive Order No. 64,    “Records Management.”
    10) Employees administering or using social media sites for City business must adhere to the terms of the Acceptable Use Agreement. Employees    should be mindful that many citizens do not have access to the internet    and should ensure that alternative forms of communication are made    available to prevent discrimination.

Appropriate Content
    11) The use of official social media sites is subject to Career Service    Authority Rule 15, “Code of Conduct”. Employees administering or using    social media sites for official City business shall refrain from using the    sites for any type of unethical behavior (DRMC Section 15-20), solicitation and distribution (DRMC Section 15-22), political activities (15-30), or prohibited communications (DRMC Section 15-82).
    12) Employees administering official social media sites are encouraged    to be respectful at all times when communicating with other users, and to be mindful of differing opinions.
    13) Content posted on City sites operates under the same legal    restrictions as use of City letterhead and should not be used for personal    purposes.

Moderation of Social Media Sites
    14) Official social media sites will be moderated by Technology Services  and by agency PIOs for appropriate content related to matters of public  concern. The following types of postings shall be immediately removed:

        a) Obscene, threatening or harassing language
        b) Personal attacks of any kind
        c) Offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial,             age, or religious group, gender, sexual orientation or disability status
        d) Comments advocating illegal activity
        e) Defamatory, libelous or malicious speech
        f) Release of confidential information
    15) Employees administering social media sites are prohibited from    editing or modifying content posted by users.

Copyrights and Trademarks
    16) Official social media sites are prohibited from using content in any    way that would violate the copyrights or trademarks of others. All posted    content must be original (owned by or created for the City) or must have    received written licensing rights for its use.

Data Collection
    17) Employees utilizing official social media sites for City business are    prohibited from collecting, storing or using personally-identifiable    information about users.
    18) The collection of anonymous, demographic information regarding    users for determining communications strategies and effectiveness is    allowed however this information is not to be used or shared with third    parties in any way that violates the Social Media Customer Privacy Policy.

Marketing and Fundraising
    19) Agencies and departments are prohibited from using payment    applications on social media sites to collect City funds.
    20) Marketing or promotions must follow guidelines established by the    City Marketing Office and adhere to branding requirements.
    21) Sponsorships and advertising of non-City entities is prohibited,    unless occurring under an approved contract or approved in advance by    the PIO (or City Marketing Office, for departments without a PIO.)    Approved City partnership and sponsorship advertising is permissible.

Personal Use of Social Media by City Employees
    22) Employees acting in or portraying themselves as being in their    capacity as a City employee are limited in the type of content that can be posted to official social media sites and must always comply with    applicable policies (including agency- or department-specific).
    23) Postings regarding unlawful activities or which violate any City policy or standard of appropriate conduct by employees can result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Required Disclaimers
    24) All official social media sites must include a link to the City Social    Media Customer Privacy Policy posted on www.denvergov.org.
    25) All official social media sites must comply with City disclaimers,    located under the “Terms of Use” tab at the bottom of all web pages on    www.denvergov.org which may be added or modified at any time.

The Commission Legislative Committee (CLC) is a group of representatives from each commission who track legislation at the state level and lead their respective commissions policy advocacy efforts. CLC calls are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 10am.

Each commission gets 2 opportunities to send a recommendation to the Mayor on State bills. Commissions are highly encouraged to coordinate and cosign on recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Legislative Advocacy
Can Commissions take a position on State Legislation affecting their constituencies? If so, how?
Commissions do not take positions on State legislation, but they do make recommendations to the Mayor to support or oppose legislation that affects their constituencies. Commissions may vote to make a Mayoral recommendation on up to two bills per session. Once in agreement, commissions complete the Legislation Recommendation Form and submit it to their Commission Liaison, who submits it to the Executive Director. The Executive Director will forward the recommendation to the Mayor’s Office’s Legislative Director. The Mayor’s Office will respond timely with a detailed course of action regardless of what the decision is, based on administrative priorities. It is important to note that only the Mayor can publicly discuss support/opposition of the bill. If in agreement, commissions may make a request to the Mayor’s office to communicate their support.

If the Mayor’s office is not in agreement with the commission’s recommendation or is not ready to decide on a bill of great importance to a Commission, they can appeal to the Mayor by letter and/or request a meeting to discuss further.

Can Commissions take a position on City Legislation? If so, how?
Commissions do not take positions on City legislation, but they do make recommendations to the Mayor to create, support, or oppose legislation that affects their constituencies. Commissions may vote to make a Mayoral recommendation on an unlimited number of City policies or ordinances. Once in agreement, commissions complete the Legislative Recommendation Form as noted above. Commissions may also be involved in shaping City policies through Ordinance changes/additions. Commissions will work with their liaison and the Mayor’s Office Legislative Director to discuss any changes. Once feedback is incorporated, the commission and liaison will work with the Mayor’s Policy Review Committee, and then the City Attorney to craft final language. Information that is requested by the commission directly by City Council or another agency will also go through the recommendation form to the Mayor’s Office.

Can Commissions take a position on Ballot measures? If so, how?
NO. Commissions cannot take a position on any city ballot measure or urging voters to support or oppose any measure. No staff resources may be used for this, including staff time, mailing, copying, etc. However, individuals can certainly endorse but must refrain from using their commission title or association. Commissions can cosponsor ballot forums if both support & opposition will be in attendance with equal notice and equal consideration. Commissions considering sponsoring or co-sponsoring ballot forums should consult with the City Attorney (through their staff liaison) to be clear on parameters.

Can Commissions get involved in Candidate races? If so, how?
No. Commissions cannot endorse or get involved in candidate races. They can cosponsor candidate forums if all candidates have been invited with equal notice and equal consideration. Commissions considering sponsoring or co-sponsoring candidate forums should consult with the City Attorney (through their staff liaison) to be clear on parameters. Individuals can get involved in candidate races but must refrain from using their commission title or association.

Can Commissions get involved in partisan politics? If so, how?
No. Commissions cannot sponsor or promote partisan events—those events sponsored by a political party. Individuals can get involved in candidate races but must refrain from using their commission title or association.

What are other ways commissioners can advocate for their communities?
    1. Some commissions choose to hear from their communities and then share the information they find with a broader audience. For example, commissions have conducted “listening sessions,” where leaders and nonprofits present information they deem important for their communities. Then the commissions organize the information, share the results, and make recommendations to HRCP’s Executive Director and the Mayor. This is a way to advocate and share community concerns without legislative restrictions.

    2. Some commissions choose to participate in “Get out the Vote” campaigns to encourage voter registration. These activities require a voter’s registration ID number or partnership with a nonprofit that has a valid voter registration ID number. By targeting communities that have less participation in elections or have fewer opportunities to register, the commissions are promoting civic engagement without swaying voters. As above, commissioners may not sway voters in any way.

Social Media:
Commissions must follow the above guidelines on all forms of social media advocacy. In addition, posts should remain non-partisan, and CANNOT have a call to action that encourages a stance on a piece of legislation. Facts can be shared, if they are not intended to urge a stance on legislation, and they should be cited from reputable, nonpartisan sources.

Examples:
Permitted: The City & County of Denver will be having a press conference on Equal Pay next Wednesday at 7pm at the Webb Building.

Not Permitted: Come out and show your support for HB1011 – Equal Pay for Coloradans next Wednesday at 7pm!

District Attorney: The DA is elected by the citizens of the Second Judicial District. The DA prosecutes state misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases in County, Juvenile, and District Courts, helps witnesses and victims of crime, and maintains an active community education and crime prevention program.

County Court: The Denver County Court (DCC), both a municipal and county court, adjudicates violations of traffic code, state statute, and city ordinances, as well as civil and small claims cases. The court is comprised of 17 judges, 3 full-time magistrates, and several part-time magistrates.

Mayor: The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City and County of Denver and is responsible for the oversight of eleven charter departments and nine agencies and offices. The Mayor’s Office directs all city departments, agencies and offices, except those administered by other elected officials, and delivers many services through city management.

Auditor: Denver’s Auditor conducts financial and performance audits of the City and County of Denver and its departments and agencies; audits individual financial transactions, contracts, and franchises of the City and County; and audits the financial and accounting systems and procedures administered by the Manager of Finance and other departments and agencies of the City and County, including records systems, revenue identification and accounting, and payment practices.

Clerk and Recorder: The Denver Clerk and Recorder, Paul Lopez, functions as the City Clerk, the Public Trustee, the County Recorder and the Chief Elections Official. The Clerk has two appointees: The Deputy Clerk and Recorder and the Director of Elections oversee the two divisions within the Office of the Clerk and Recorder.

City Council: The Denver City Council constitutes the legislative branch of the City and County government. The City Council is composed of thirteen elected members, of whom eleven represent districts and two are elected at-large.

Civil Service: The Commission is responsible for administering the testing process for entry-level and promotional positions within the Denver Police Department (DPD) and Denver Fire Department (DFD), policy administration, and hearing disciplinary appeals of classified members.

picture of Mayor Michael B. HancockMichael B. Hancock, who became the city’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and was re-elected overwhelmingly in May 2015, immediately began to transform Denver into a more globally competitive city.

As Denver and cities across the country emerge from the recession, Mayor Hancock is committed to creating economic opportunity and eliminating inequities and disparities. Top priorities include reducing homelessness, increasing affordable housing options, strengthening workforce training partnerships with community colleges, and finding solutions to chronic mental health and substance abuse challenges in the community.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Michael Hancock served on the Denver City Council for eight years, including two as City Council President. In his early career, he worked for the Denver Housing Authority and National Civic League and was the youngest President of an Urban League chapter in America.

Housing & Affordability
• Create another 6,300 affordable and attainable homes.
• Expand property tax rebates to low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities.
• Add resources through Denver’s Financial Empowerment Centers to help with debt assistance
• Helping keep individuals and families in their homes by providing temporary assistance with utility bills, rent and mortgages.
• Expand land banking and other opportunities to create and preserve affordable housing through a new Department of Housing Stability.
• Increase minimum wage to $15 an hour, create job opportunities and expand skills training programs so Denver’s workers can compete in an ever-changing global economy.
• Expand the availability of affordable, quality childcare and before- and after-school programs.

Helping Neighborhoods Become Complete
• Implement Denver’s new Comp Plan 2040, which directs growth and density where it makes sense and empower neighborhoods to have more input in character and design – authentic character, quality-of-life social infrastructure such as libraries and parks, and housing options.
• Direct most new housing and commercial growth to designated centers and corridors that are tied to strong transit options, major roadways and regional destinations.
• Implement new neighborhood design review tools and processes for greater resident input.
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• Fully deploy the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team to support neighborhoods where gentrification and displacement are likely with unique resources.
• Establish high-quality, continuous transportation networks that prioritize pedestrians, transit and bicycles for seamless mobility throughout the city.
• Adapt the parks system in the face of climate change to protect water, trees, wildlife habitats and ecosystems.

Homelessness
• A comprehensive strategic plan to tackle homelessness with "Housing First" tactics.
• Provide 400 housing vouchers and extend day-shelter hours for the 600 people.
• Expand and reconfigure shelters to reduce barriers and better serve specific populations, such as couples, people with pets and those with storage needs.
• Hire more navigators to connect those in shelters and encampments with services and housing.
• Expand the highly successful Denver Day Works jobs program, which connects those who are homeless and unemployed with work and a stable income.
• Expand innovative Social Impact Bond permanent supportive housing program.
• Open a 46-bed Solutions Center to provide a stable setting for those in crisis.
• Update the zoning code to provide innovative options for shelter and group living in neighborhoods citywide, including tiny homes.

Mental/Behavioral Health
• Reduce the 200 yearly fatal drug overdoses, with a focus on opioids and methamphetamines.
• Implement voter-approved Caring4Denver, which will provide increased funding for mental health, homelessness and suicide prevention services.
• Enact recommendations in the Opioid Response Strategic Plan to address substance misuse.
• Create and implement a strategic mental health action plan.

Transportation/Mobility
• Invest $2B to improve transportation and mobility in neighborhoods across Denver.
• Deploy smart-city technology to improve traffic flow and prevent crashes, injuries and deaths.
• Enhance transit by: launching Bus Rapid Transit on major corridors, creating more transit-only or transit-priority lanes, and launching city-subsidized transit services, including an expansion of the “On My Way” free bus and light rail program for youth ages 12 to 18.
• Install 125 miles of bike lanes and improve our pedestrian network.
• Reduce single-occupant vehicle commuters from 73% of all commuters to 50% by 2030.
• Expedite transportation projects by creating a new Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Climate Change
• Power all City buildings with 100% renewable electricity by 2025 and the entire city by 2030 and move more aggressively towards carbon neutrality.
• Expand performance requirements to reduce the carbon footprint of Denver’s largest buildings.
• Reduce landfill waste and significantly increase recycling and composting citywide.
• Ensure parks or open space are within a 10-minute walk of each neighborhood.
• Convert 40,000 street lights to LEDs to save energy and money and improve lighting quality.
• Update building and energy codes to reflect the highest standards possible, including stretch codes to incentivize higher performance.
• Significantly increase electric vehicles in the City fleet and facilitate additional charging stations.

Note: Coming Soon: a housing and homelessness office and an office on transportation.

Arts & Venues (A&V)
Denver Arts and Venues (DAV) manages, maintains, and programs the City’s public events venues and provides cultural programs and amenities to the community such as free festivals, educational offerings, and public art. The venues include Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum, Denver Performing Arts Complex, McNichols Civic Center Building, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

City Attorney’s Office (CAO)
The City Attorney serves as the legal adviser to the Mayor, City Council, City Auditor, City Clerk and Recorder and all city departments and agencies; represents and defends the City in legal matters; handles all suits initiated on behalf of the City and County of Denver; prosecutes violations of city ordinances; and provides counsel to elected officials and client agencies
on charter interpretation and reform.

Community Planning and Development (CPD)
The Department of Community Planning and Development (CPD) provides the planning and regulatory framework for the creation and preservation of places where people want to live, work, and play – a concept referred to as ‘place-based economic development.’ CPD is responsible for administering the Denver Zoning Code, which regulates land uses, provides building and site design standards, and outlines the development review processes.

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE)
DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to promote healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. DDPHE oversees many services related to public health and the environment and is comprised of seven divisions.

Denver Fire Department (DFD)
Established in 1866, the Denver Fire Department (DFD) provides services to the citizens who live, work, and visit the City and County of Denver providing fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, water and high angle rescue.

Denver Human Services (DHS)
DHS administers assistance programs, including food, cash and medical benefits, child care, and general assistance to eligible Denver residents in
financial need. Other assistance programs include Employment First, Colorado Works, and Veterans Services, which work with Denver residents and veterans on job placement and retention.

Denver International Airport (DEN)
DEN is the largest airport in the United States by size with 53 square miles of land. It is one of the busiest airports in the world, with a record-breaking 64.5 million passengers traveling through in 2018. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually.

Denver Office of Economic Development and Opportunity (DEDO)
DEDO provides coordinated planning and implementation of initiatives designed to grow and strengthen Denver’s economic and community base through four program divisions that are supported by the Operations and Communications Division: The Division of Small Business Opportunity, the Business and Workforce Development Division, the Neighborhood Equity Division, and the Housing Division.

Denver Police Department (DPD)
The Denver Police Department (DPD), in partnership with the community, endeavors to keep the public safe by implementing crime prevention and reduction strategies; structuring the organization to promote professional, well-trained, ethical, and accountable employees; and utilizes the most modern and effective practices and methods. In addition, the agency makes recommendations regarding law enforcement activities to the Mayor, City Council, the Executive Director of Safety, other city agencies, and neighborhood groups.

Denver Sheriff Department (DSD)
The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is the largest Sheriff Department in the State of Colorado and is responsible for the care, custody, and transport of inmates for the City and County of Denver. The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) manages two large jails, processes court-ordered civil actions, and provides security for Denver’s district and county court system, along with other specialty units.

Excise & Licenses (EXL)
Excise and Licenses issues over 150 types of business licenses to new qualified applicants, determines which licenses should be renewed or suspended according to current law, and collects license fees on all new applications and renewals. Excise and Licenses takes enforcement action on licenses, including revocation, in accordance with city ordinances.

Finance
The Department of Finance responsibilities include investing, fiscal analysis, budgeting, debt and asset management, tax assessment and collection, and accounting functions as well as establishing, maintaining and enforcing fiscal policies, practices and procedures for the entire City and County.

General Services
General Services maintains over 6 million square feet in 135 facilities, manages $600 million in city procurement spending, oversees the citywide Contracts Office and manages the Denver Security Office.

Human Resources (OHR)
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is the central Human Resource (HR) department for the City and County of Denver, serving all agencies with human capital programs and initiatives designed to attract, develop, and retain talent in the City.

Human Rights & Community Partnerships (HRCP)
HRCP empowers communities to address local issues, promotes equal opportunity, and protects the rights of all people regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

Office of the Municipal Public Defender (OMPD)
The Chief Municipal Public Defender oversees the staff, both legal and administrative, that provide legal counsel to indigent defendants charged in the City and County of Denver. The OMPD ensures that all citizens are afforded due process and are treated with dignity and equal justice under the law.

North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC)
The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, an initiative of Mayor Hancock, strategically aligns and coordinates projects and programs in Globeville, Elyria Swansea, and River North to build healthy communities, enhance quality of life for our residents, and facilitate access to diverse opportunities and partnerships in the City and the region.

National Western Center (NWC)
The vision of the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) is for the National Western Center to be the global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation. It oversees the City’s role in the transformation of this historic site into a year-round destination and regional asset.

Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA)
The Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA) is charged with working together with city agencies, Denver Public Schools (DPS), cultural partners and community providers to ensure Denver children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten, and are prepared for academic and professional success.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM) provides emergency management services to the residents, employees, and businesses within the City and County of Denver in coordination with state and regional partners to reduce the impact of all natural, technological, terrorism, and intentional risks.

Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM)

The Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) is charged with working to
ensure accountability, effectiveness, and transparency in the Denver Police and Sheriff disciplinary processes.

Office of Sustainability (OOS)
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability provides policy direction, management, communication, and centralized sustainability services for the City. The Office was created in 2013 to lead efforts to ensure that the basic resources essential to the economy and quality of life in Denver are available and affordable to everyone, both now and in the future.

Office of Special Events (OSE)
OSE guides event organizers and film producers through the City and County of Denver’s permitting process while facilitating communication between the event organizers, film producers, and Denver’s impacted neighborhoods.

Parks & Recreation

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides a broad range of programs, services, facilities, and park amenities within the City and County of Denver. The City’s park system encompasses approximately 250 urban parks, parkways and natural areas, totaling over 6,000 acres. The recreation system includes 29 recreation centers, 16 outdoor pools, and 15 indoor pools serving more than one million visitors annually.

Public Works (PW)
PW is responsible for road maintenance and repair; residential trash, recycling and compost collection; design and construction of streets, bridges, public buildings, and storm and sanitary sewers; mobility and parking services; oversight and regulation of use of the public right-of-way; and implementation of the DPW Environmental Management System (EMS).

Safety
The Department of Public Safety is comprised of agencies and administrative support functions that are unified under the Executive Director of Safety. The Executive Director strives to improve department-wide collaboration, efficiency, customer service, accountability/transparency and innovation through independent civilian oversight.

Technology Services (TS)
Denver Technology Services (TS) is the central information technology department for the City and County of Denver. The agency provides technology infrastructure, development, support, and solutions to all city departments, as well as management of 911 system communications and Denver’s 311 non-emergency contact center.

Career Service employees are defined as all employees of the City subject to the exceptions in the Denver City Charter.

Appointed employees are typically department heads who are at-will and are appointed and removed by the mayor

Cities in the United States are often characterized as having either "strong" or "weak" mayors. The term is not a judgement of effectiveness, rather it distinguishes the level of political power and administrative authority assigned to the mayor in the municipal charter. (Source: National League of Cities).

The City and County of Denver operates under a strong mayor system. 

Strong Mayor System
• The mayor is the chief executive officer, centralizing executive power.
• The mayor directs the administrative structure, appointing and removing of department heads.
• While the council has legislative power, the mayor has veto power.
• The Mayor is responsible for oversight of daily operations.
• The Mayor sets the city’s annual budget.

Weak Mayor System
• The council is powerful, with both legislative and executive authority.
• The mayor is not truly the chief executive, with limited power or no veto power.
• The council can prevent the mayor from effectively supervising city administration.
• There may be many administrative boards and commissions that operate independently from the city government.

Council members, who must be at least 25 years old, U.S. citizens, and two-year Denver residents, are all elected at the same time every four years.

Denver City Council Members
Amanda Sandoval – District 1
Kevin Flynn – District 2
Jamie Torres – District 3
Kendra Black – District 4
Amanda Sawyer – District 5
Paul Kashmann – District 6
Jolon Clark – District 7
Christopher Herndon – District 8
Candi CdeBaca – District 9
Chris Hinds – District 10
Stacie Gilmore – District 11 (Pro-Tem)

PDF of Council Map.map of City Council members

 

PDF of How Laws are Made.image of how laws are made process

The total operating budget for 2019 for all appropriated funds is $2.45 billion. The city’s General Fund is $1.46 billion. The General Fund revenue forecast for 2019 totals $1.4 billion.
The City’s annual bu

The Mayor appoints 700 people to serve on over 130 City and County of Denver Boards and Commissions. These commissions include HRCP’s. A list of those boards can be found online.

The Denver Police Department is divided into six police districts. A police district is defined as a geographical area administratively designated for purposes of command, supervision, patrol, investigation, and or other specialized functions. Each district has a commander. The head of Denver’s Police Department is Chief Paul Pazen.

Denver Police Commanders
Jeff Martinez – Police District 1
Kathy Bancroft – Police District 2
Rick Ryle – Police District 3
Mark Fleecs – Police District 4
Marcus Fountain – Police District 5
Aaron Sanchez – Police District 6

PDF of map of Denver Police Districts. 

The following organizations do not fall under the authority of the City and County of Denver government but are key community partners.

Denver Botanic Gardens: The Denver Botanic Gardens is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation.

Denver Public Schools: Denver Public Schools is the governing agency for all public more than 200 schools and 90,000 students in Denver. Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood.

Denver Housing Authority: The Denver Housing Authority is a quasi-municipal corporation with a portfolio of over 11,000 units and housing choice vouchers, providing affordable housing to more than 26,000 very low, low- and middle-income individuals representing over 10,000 families.

Denver Health: Denver Health delivers preventative, primary and acute care services. As a comprehensive, integrated organization, Denver Health provides hospital and emergency care to the public, regardless of ability to pay.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help museum visitors learn about the natural history of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.

Denver Public Library: The Denver Public Library (DPL) provides information, education, and cultural programs; manages a collection of over two million books, e-books, periodicals, government publications, and audiovisual materials; and provides professional reference and research services.

Denver Urban Renewal Authority: DURA provides financial assistance to support redevelopment activities throughout the city including single family home rehabilitation, emergency home repair, historic preservation, brownfield redevelopment, infill development, and neighborhood revitalization, among others.

Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is a leader in connecting people to the awe and importance of wild animals while providing unparalleled care, educational experiences, and local and global conservation efforts that help save wild places and wildlife.

Chambers of Commerce: Several chambers of commerce exist to promote and protect the interests of the business community in the Denver metro area. Those chambers are: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Denver Asian Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization, and provides a showcase for live theatre, a nurturing ground for new plays, a preferred stop on the Broadway touring circuit, and acting classes for the community and rental facilities.

Regional Transportation District: The Regional Transportation District, more commonly referred to as RTD, is the regional authority operating public transit services in eight out of the twelve counties in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area in Colorado. It operates over a 2,340-square-mile area, serving 2.87 million people.

The City and County of Denver is broken down into statistical neighborhoods based on U.S. Census tracts.

Denver’s 78 neighborhoods are represented in this map.

map of Denver's neighborhoodsPDF of map of Denver's neighborhoods. 

 

HRCP has compiled U.S. Census Data from the American Community survey to create demographic profiles of each of Denver’s neighborhoods. These profiles are located on HRCP’s website.

The profiles include demographic information on gender, race/ethnicity, immigrants, languages spoken, age, disability, economics (i.e.) median gross rent, poverty level, and median household income, and education.

These maps were created to help government, nonprofit, and business organizations outreach more efficiently and effectively to Denver’s different neighborhoods.

Neighborhood profiles can be found here. 

In addition to the neighborhood profiles, HRCP also used American Community Survey data to have GIS maps created for different demographic groups within Denver. These maps were also designed with the intent of helping community stakeholders’ outreach better to Denver’s various communities.

The categories for which we have maps are: gender, race, ethnicity, older adults, disability, foreign born, languages (including data from Denver Public Schools), and economic.

Demographic maps can be found here. 

As you’re out and about advocating for Denver residents, feel free to refer them to the below useful resources:

311
Denver 311 provides residents with an effortless, accessible way to navigate city services. Residents can report a problem or ask a question online or contact 311 via phone within Denver by dialing 3-1-1 or outside of Denver by dialing 720-913-1311.

Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Help Center
2-1-1 is a free, multilingual, and confidential service that connects individuals with community resources and information. Every year the 2-1-1 help center helps residents navigate a complex web of resources ranging from child care to tax preparation assistance to basic needs like food, shelter, and rental assistance. Residents can call 211, live chat online or search the online resource database.

Pocketgov
Denver Pocketgov Denver is an online and phone-based application that allows residents to access several city services. Services available on Pocketgov include but aren’t limited to: ballot trace, tow tracker, and street sweeping.

A&V – Arts & Venues
CAO – City Attorney’s Office
CCD – City and County of Denver
CIC – Cabinet in the Community
CLC – Commission Legislative Committee
CPD – Community Planning & Development
CSA – Career Service Authority
DA – District Attorney
DAAC – Denver African American Commission
DAAPIC – Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
DADO – Denver Anti-Discrimination Office
DAIC – Denver American Indian Commission
DAS – Denver Animal Shelter
DBG – Denver Botanic Gardens DCC – Denver County Court
DCOA – Denver Commission on Aging
DCPA – Denver Center for the Performing Arts
DDDR – Denver Division of Disability Rights
DDESI – Denver Division of Equity and Social Innovation
DDPHE – Denver Department of Public Health & Environment
DEDO – Denver Office of Economic Development and Opportunity
DEN – Denver International Airport
DFD – Denver Fire Department
DH – Denver Health
DHA – Denver Housing Authority
DHS – Denver Human Services
DIRC – Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission
DLC – Denver Latino Commission
DLGBTQC – Denver LGBTQ Commission
DMNS – Denver Museum of Nature & Science
DOIRA – Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
DOSLS – Denver Office of Sign Language Services
DPD – Denver Police Department
DPL – Denver Public Library
DPS – Denver Public Schools
DRH – Denver’s Road Home
DSCI – Denver Sister Cities International
DSD – Denver Sheriff Department
DSPC – Denver Strategic Partnerships Commission
DURA – Denver Urban Renewal Authority
DWC – Denver Women’s Commission
EXL – Excise & Licenses
FACE – Funding and Contracting Efficiency
GS – General Services
HR – Human Resources
HRCP – Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships
MO – Mayor’s Office
NDCC – North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
NWC – National Western Center
OCA – Office of Children’s Affairs
OEM – Office of Emergency Management
OFE – Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection
OIM – Office of the Independent Monitor
OOS – Office of Sustainability
OSE – Office of Special Events
PIO – Public Information Officer
PW – Public Works
RNO – Registered Neighborhood Organization
RSJI – Race and Social Justice
RTD – Regional Transportation District
TS – Technology Services

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Colorado Open Records Act Requests and Fee

Open Records Requests

To pay for the cost of processing a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request, the agency custodian may charge for the time spent to research and respond to records requests under CORA. Following the Colorado Revised Statutes C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), agency custodians may charge $33 per hour for researching, retrieving and reviewing records. There is no charge for the first hour of research, retrieval and review of records.

For more information, visit the City’s Colorado Open Records Act webpage below.

Fee Increase!

Effective Friday, July 26, 2019, the City is increasing the CORA research, retrieval and review fee to $33.00. CORA permits the State Legislative Council to review and increase the CORA hourly fee every 5 years. The Legislative Council has increased the state fee to $33.58. For ease, the City will go to $33.00 per hour after the first free hour.

 
 

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Denver, CO 80202

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