Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Member

James T. Allen, Advisory Board member
For background on the alleged conflict of interest go here.

From the Complaint, filed today:

Commencing on or about August 1, 2012, et seq, including, but not limited to the official meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) on November 8, 2012, James T. Allen, an appointee to the PRAB participated in discussions, exchanged e-mail, attended meetings, and otherwise sought to influence a decision by the PRAB to an exchange of property (1) between the City and County of Denver and the Denver Public School District 1. 
By participating in discussions, exchanging e-mail, and attending PRAB meetings, James T. Allen demonstrated a conflict of interest because of his concurrent position as Director of Bond Construction for Denver Public Schools.  Allen’s mere presence in a room where discussions took place constitute an attempt to promote an d influence a favorable judgment on his behalf.
As remedy, all discussions, meetings, and decisions by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board involving James T. Allen and the Denver Public Schools are to be declared null and void.  Allen is to take a leave of absence from his position with the City and County of Denver until the matter involving his conflict of interest is fully resolved. 
1) The matter under discussion involves a proposal to exchange nine (9) acres of city-owned parkland at Hentzell Park Natural Area for an office building at 1330 Fox Street.  The building is owned by Denver Public Schools.


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