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New State Ethics Commissioner Previously Investigated For Workplace Misconduct

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Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Debra Johnson, then-Denver’s clerk and recorder, attends a media tour of the Denver Elections Division at their downtown headquarters, Oct. 31, 2018.

There may be policy changes after a CPR News story about a new member of the state’s Independent Ethics Commission. Debra Johnson was investigated for harassment during her time as Denver's Clerk and Recorder. CPR public affairs reporter Bente Birkeland learned that Johnson ultimately agreed to counseling and to spend six months away from the office she oversaw. David Sachs, who covers city government for Denverite, joined Bente Birkeland to talk about the response to the report.