The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is the largest sheriff’s office in Colorado with some 900 uniformed and non-uniformed staff members. Recognizing need to improve the DSD, Sheriff Patrick Firman was appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in 2015 after a nation-wide search. With more than 25 years of jail management experience, Sheriff Firman brings leadership to the DSD and to its reform efforts.To aid the DSD moving forward, a new Sheriff Advisory Board will be established. The DSD greatly values community input and engagement. The newly established advisory board will create a formal mechanism for the community to collaborate with the DSD about its service delivery to inmates, their families, and community and service partners. The board will be made up of representatives from Denver’s diverse communities and geographic areas and include technical experts in fields such as law, business, and the not-for-profit and mental health sectors. The board will be an integral part of the DSD and represent the agency’s commitment to transparency and community engagement.
Board Requirements and Responsibilities
The Sheriff Advisory Board will meet regularly during which time the Sheriff will keep board members apprised of activities and issues concerning the department, as well as provide an opportunity for board members to provide the Sheriff with ideas, concerns, feedback and suggestions. Board meetings will subscribe to a pre-set agenda with recorded meeting minutes and action setting. Board members will be given specific tasks, which they will be asked to complete and report on. The board will operate per established bylaws and will periodically be called upon to convene into sub-groups dedicated to particular issues. The board will provide advice only and will have no formal powers or fiduciary responsibilities.
Board membership will require a high level of responsibility and commitment. Board members must act with ethical and legal integrity and must be committed to DSD’s vision, mission, guiding principles and strategic plan. Board members will serve set, staggered two year terms and will not be compensated. Board members will be appointed by the Sheriff after going through a public application process. Board members will be required to attend orientation sessions and will be invited to events such as annual award presentations, fallen officer memorials, community forums, as well as graduation and promotion ceremonies, and other requested events. Rank and file deputies and other ex officio members will be asked to join board sub-groups.
Interested applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the application and questionnaire below. The completed application package must be submitted to Deputy Bridget Andrews at Bridget.Andrews@denvergov.org no later than Friday, February 10, 2017.
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