Independent Monitor

Website City and County of Denver

The Position
The City and County of Denver is looking for its next Independent Monitor to provide exemplary leadership, ongoing oversight, and direction to the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) for the City and County of Denver. Working in concert with the Citizen Oversight Board, Mayor’s Office, City Council, Executive Director of Department of Public Safety, Denver Police (DPD), Sheriff (DSD), and Fire Departments (DFD), District Attorney’s Office, community leaders, the general public and media, the Independent Monitor provides fair and objective oversight of uniformed personnel (defined below) and ensures public confidence in such uniformed personnel and their accountability systems.

The Monitor serves at the pleasure of the Citizen Oversight Board. The Citizen Oversight Board recommends the appointment of the Independent Monitor to the City Council who must confirm the appointment. The Citizen Oversight Board is a nine-member board composed of community members that meets twice monthly and holds quarterly public forums.

The OIM was created by the Mayor and City Council in 2004 and has several essential functions: Receiving and processing community complaints about DPD’s approximately 1,600 officers, DSD’s approximately 875 deputies, and DFD’s approximately 15 fire investigators (together “uniformed personnel”); Monitoring investigations into complaints, officer-involved shootings, and in-custody deaths involving uniformed personnel; Making recommendations about the findings and discipline associated with complaints involving uniformed personnel; Publicly reporting on patterns of complaints, findings, and discipline; Making recommendations regarding potential law enforcement, corrections, and oversight related policy issues; and Engaging the community and law enforcement in the work of the OIM through outreach.

The Independent Monitor will: Collaborate with the Citizen Oversight Board, Mayor, City Council, and OIM staff to continually develop and evolve the vision, priorities, and goals for the OIM; Analyze data, trends, and policies to identify public safety systems that could be improved. Highlight disciplinary trends with the Citizen Oversight Board and seek input on policy changes needed to address identified issues; Continually keep all stakeholders informed of relevant actions and operations to increase the credibility and visibility of the OIM, as well as the community’s trust in its work. Develop a strategy to provide broad communication of the OIM’s role in public safety reform; Foster a welcoming and collaborative team environment within the OIM, build trust and empower staff to bring fresh ideas, develop innovative strategies, and provide creative solutions to meet the growing and changing needs of the organization; Actively champion and support the City’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Collaborate to create a more inclusive workplace, advocate for equity in City services, and embrace the growing diversity throughout the Denver community; and Provide timely and proactive annual and semi-annual public reports and assessments of how the safety departments are policing themselves to keep stakeholders engaged in the OIM’s role, actions, outreach campaigns, current policies, proposed policy changes, and initiatives.

Qualified candidates will have a master’s degree or Juris Doctor from an accredited college or university, plus three (3) years of executive level work experience in civilian oversight of law enforcement, including investigating allegations of misconduct by law enforcement or correctional officers, or comparable legal or investigative experience. Two (2) years of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements. Colorado Bar membership is not required. The position will not act as a legal advisor or otherwise function as a lawyer for the City and County of Denver. A successful candidate will be required to pass a rigorous background investigation.

Preferred qualifications include extensive knowledge of public safety, oversight or auditing work, and demonstrated experience working to improve public safety systems. In addition, experience with enhancing community engagement, leading organizational transformation, and using data to advocate for policy changes is also preferred.

Compensation and Benefits
The expected hiring range is $117,325 – $175,987, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Relocation assistance will also be available for the successful out-of-area candidate.

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How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Any application received prior to October 3 will receive full consideration.

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