Independent Monitor finalists talk immigration, independence, racial profiling
Today, Mayor Michael Hancock will interview the last three candidates for Denver's open Independent Monitor position -- again. In the second round of a search that has lasted six months, finalists Kenneth Moore, Nicholas Mitchell and Gary Maas all share connections to Colorado. Last night, they answered questions from the public at Escuela Tlatelolco, where their opinions on the future of the role occasionallly differed as much as the patterns on their ties.
Prior to his current position as the associate director for the Colorado Department of Corrections, Maas worked as the police chief in Littleton and Sioux City, Iowa. Attorney Nicholas Mitchell's past experience includes time as an investigator for New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board, where he took part in more than 300 investigations alleging police misconduct. For more than two decades, Kenneth Moore has worked for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. To read more about their extensive backgrounds, visit our original coverage.
Topics from this group's one and only community forum included racial profiling, comprehensive immigration reform and Occupy Denver's infamous honking case. But early discussions centered on the relationship between Manager of Safety Alex Martinez and the upcoming independent monitor -- specifically, what that relationship should be.
Nicholas Mitchell, Kenneth Moore and Gary Maas.
While Maas told his audience he'd like to see an impartial relationship, Moore said he "wouldn't have any problem reporting to the Manager of Safety. At least today, I found him to be a prudent, intelligent man." Mitchell echoed former Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal's sentiments when he took the opposite stance, referring to the ordinance that created the position. "I think it's entirely critical that the monitor remain independent and report only to the mayor and the people," Mitchell said.
Mitchell, whose family features both police officers and a federal agent, advocated a monitor who is "extraordinarily proactive. The next independent monitor needs to...be doing early prevention, identifying problems before they hit the newspapers."
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