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Denver Ballot Issue 2E Grant City Council Authority to Confirm Certain Mayoral Appointments

Referred Measure 2E: Grant City Council Authority to Confirm Certain Mayoral AppointmentsTitle: A bill for an ordinance submitting to a vote of the registered electors of the City and County of Denver at a special municipal election to be held in conjunction with the coordinated election on November 3, 2020, a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City and County of Denver to give City Council the authority to consent to certain mayoral appointments.Background: Denver has what is called a “strong mayor” system of government. The mayor appoints people to positions in government and has executive authority. City Council has no role in these appointments. This charter amendment would give the city Council a role in the approval of certain department heads.Major Provisions:Grants City Council the authority to approve mayoral appointments to 14 specific department heads. Approval will be by consent; unless there is an objection the appointment will automatically be approved. If there is an objection from a Council member, the appointment will be sent to the appropriate committee for further questions and then to the full Council for approval or rejection. The vote will be by simple majority of the full Council.The Council has a 30-day period in which to exercise this authority. The mayor retains the authority to remove any appointees without Council approval. Department heads subject to this measure are the managers and chiefs of the following departments and agencies: Transportation and Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation, Finance, Safety, Sheriff, Police, Fire Department, Excise and Licenses, General Services, Human Services, Aviation, Department of Public Health and Environment, Community Planning and Development, The City Attorney.

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  • Yes - For the Measure

  • No - Against the Measure

Those in favor say: -This will give the City Council a role in the hiring of department heads. This is beneficial because the Council needs to have a strong working relationship with department heads.

-The mayor retains the power to choose candidates to fill positions.

-This proposal only gives the Council a check on unreasonable appointments.

- The majority of other strong mayor cities use a similar system of Council approval. Other cities report satisfaction with this approval method.

Proponents: City Council

Those opposed say: -Having to go through an extra step in filling a position will make some candidates reluctant to apply.

-This step will delay the appointment of qualified candidates

Opponents: The mayor’s office opposes this charter amendment.