Lakewood, Colorado

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Lakewood is a town in Colorado.

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The good

  • The budget for 2011-2012 is available online, as well as budgets from 2007[1]
  • Direct contact information is available for the city council and mayor.[2]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available from 2006.[3]
  • Local tax rates and forms are posted online.[4]

The bad

  • Meeting minutes are posted for 2007, but not for more recent years.
  • The name of the city manager is posted, but direct contact information is not.
  • The link for building permits is broken.[5]
  • Contracts and bids over $10,000 are not posted.
  • Information on taxpayer-funded intergovernmental lobbying is not available.
  • Public records request information is available. However, the name and contact information of the records officer is not.[6]

Elected Officials

The city of Lakewood operates under a council/manager form of government. This means that a city council proposes and enacts legislation, in addition to appointing administrative officials. However, a large part of the city's day-to-day operations are overseen by a council-appointed city manager. The mayor serves as the head of the city council.

Lakewood citizens elect a mayor and 10 council members. Two council members come from each of the city's 5 districts (or wards). The current city council members are:

  • Bob Murphy, Mayor
  • Scott Koop, Ward 2
  • Cindy Baroway, Ward 2
  • Sue King, Ward 3
  • Ed Peterson, Ward 3
  • David Wiechman, Ward 4
  • Adam Paul Ward 4
  • Diana Allen, Ward 5
  • Tom Quinn, Ward 5
    • Both council seats in Ward 1 are vacant.

Administrative Officials

In the council/manager form of government, the city manager is appointed by the council and undertakes supervision of most of the day-to-day activities of the city. The current city manager for Lakewood, Colorado is Kathy Hodgson.

Spending

2012 Budgeted Expenditures By Program[7]
City Department by program General fund Special revenue funds Capital projects funds Enterprise funds Internal Service Funds City total
Mayor and City Council $500,378 - - - - $500,378
City Manager's Office $2,013,937 $1,083,693 $189,000 - - $3,286,630
City Management 1,949,695 - 189,000 - - 2,138,695
Economic Dev & Sustainability 64,242 1,083,693 - - - 1,147,935
City Attorney's Office $1,578,704 - - - - $1,578,704
City Clerk\'s Office $830,037 - - - - $830,037
Community Resources $16,381,906 $10,329,499 $790,586 $4,699,416 $ - $ 32,201,407
Admin. & Resource Development 1,002,212 - - - - 1,002,212
Family Services 2,898,939 1,319,398 - - - 4,218,337
Golf Course Operations - - - 4,699,416 - 4,699,416
Heritage, Culture & the Arts - 2,533,117 - - - 2,533,117
Planning & Construction 3,969,120 3,086,419 785,586 - - 7,841,125
Recreation 4,632,644 - - - - 4,632,644
Regional Parks Operations 516,808 1,007,491 - - - 1,524,299
Urban Parks Operations 3,362,183 2,383,074 5,000 - - 5,750,257
Employee Relations $1,423,415 - - - - $1,423,415
Finance $3,192,807 $35,769 $58,064 - - $3,286,640
Finance Administration 514,586 - - - - 514,586
Accounting 648,444 35,769 - - - 684,213
Property & Purchasing Services 1,120,349 - 58,064 - - 1,178,413
Revenue 909,428 - - - - 909,428
Information Technology $5,124,763 - $ 700,000 - - $5,824,763
Municipal Court $ 2,820,477 $4,204 - - - $2,824,681
Municipal Court Administration 268,402 - - - - 268,402
Court Marshal 523,025 - - - - 523,025
Judicial 434,691 - - - - 434,691
Probation Services 607,554 4,204 - - - 611,758
Violations Bureau 986,805 - - - - 986,805

Transparency & Public Records

Colorado citizens are guaranteed access to public records through the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Citizens can submit records requests and governments are required to respond within three business days. If the record is available electronically, it will be provided. If a hard copy is required, the citizen must pay $.25 per page.[8].

Emergency Personnel

Fire Department

Lakewood, Colorado is serviced by the West Metro Fire Rescue. This is a consolidation of the Lakewood Fire Department and the Bancroft Fire Protection District. The department is governed by a board of directors, which appropriates budget and determines policy.[9]

Police Department

Lakewood contracts its own police department. It currently employs 400 officers and staff, including Police Chief Kevin Paletta.[10] According to the annual report, both "crimes of person" and "crimes of property" have seen a general, steady decline since 2008.[11]

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