Denver City Council passes bill to strengthen independent monitor

The Denver City Council has approved a bill strengthening the city’s office of independent monitor.

The office provides civilian oversight of the city’s police, sheriff and fire departments.

The bill requires that all requested investigation documents are provided to the monitor’s office in a timely manner.

The changes stem from a 2013 incident where the monitor was not provided a sheriff’s department memo even though the Denver Post received it through a Colorado Open Records request.

The bill passed without objection, with 11 votes and two absences.