Metro Mayors Caucus Positions, Resolutions & Other Decisions

From time-to-time, the Caucus takes positions on issues of significance to the Denver region or to local governments in general. Such position statements and resolutions of the Caucus will be made available for download here. Positions on issues and other decisions by the Metro Mayors Caucus are reached using an open discussion and consensus process.

Using consensus as a process for developing and modifying proposals or positions adheres to our values of an egalitarian, inclusive, collaborative and participatory organization of peers. Consensus encourages full participation and expressions of dissent while striving for a position acceptable to the group.

While unanimity of agreement or consent remains a worthy goal and desirable outcome, efficacy will, from time to time, require something less in order for decisions to be made.

Metro Mayors Caucus Decision Making Process

  • Unanimity of Consent: Unanimity is the most powerful position from which to announce a decision, and as such, unanimous consent should remain the primary objective of the Caucus. To this end, dissenters are asked to provide suggested modifications that address their underlying concerns and that will allow them to either support the proposal or stand-aside.
  • Super-majority: If unanimous consent is not possible, a super-majority provides the minimum threshold for passage. By requiring a super-majority, only proposals with an exceptionally high degree of agreement can move forward. The super-majority alternative satisfies the need for action on the part of the majority and diminishes the pressure to conform on the minority in those circumstances where no acceptable middle ground can be found. In January 2013 the members of the Caucus determined that the objection of five or more members to any proposed decision, position, or resolution proposed to the Caucus is required to block consensus of the members.
  • Exceptions: In no instance will the Caucus take a position that would have a demonstrable negative impact on a member community. For example, the Caucus would not take a position on the siting of a hazardous waste facility within a community over the objections of that community.
  • Approval Timelines: Because the full Caucus is only convened six times per year, it is not always possible to have a presentation or face-to-face discussion before formulating a position. The Executive Committee acts as a preliminary sounding board in the periods between meetings. Any member can recommend an issue to the Caucus or solicit a position. Prior to a position being taken one or more of the following steps would be taken.
    • An informational presentation & discussion at a Full Caucus meeting or
    • A background memo and suggested position from the Executive Committee
  • Regardless of the path taken, all proposals will continue to be distributed via email with the subject line containing "Consensus." As has been the practice, a 7-10 day timeline for comment or modification follows. It is imperative that those with concerns or clarifications raise them within the timeline as an absence of response is presumed to indicate consent.
  • A diagram outlining the decision-making process can be downloaded here: Consensus Process.

Resolutions & Position Statements from the Last Several Years