Meet — and ask questions of — the two finalists for Denver’s top law enforcement watchdog office

Two meetings are scheduled this week where the public will be able to ask questions of the two finalists.

Mary Opler of Sacramento, CA (left), and Lisabeth Pérez Castle of Denver.

Mary Opler of Sacramento, CA (left), and Lisabeth Pérez Castle of Denver.

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UPDATED Nov. 29 at 3:25 p.m. to note that both meetings will be held virtually

The Denver Citizen Oversight Board is hosting two public meetings this week where city residents will be able to meet and ask questions of the two finalists for the open Independent Monitor job.

The board oversees the Office of the Independent Monitor, the city’s top law enforcement watchdog. The office has been vacant since January 2021 when the last monitor vacated the post for a job in Los Angeles.

Three finalists were named earlier this year, but the board declined to hire any of them.

The two finalists are Lisabeth Pérez Castle of Denver and Mary Opler of Sacramento, CA.

Pérez Castle worked for 12 years at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office out of the Denver, Brighton and Durango offices. She opened a private practice in 2000 representing criminal defendants in state and federal courts.

Opler works in civilian oversight with the Sacramento Office of Public Safety Accountability, where she monitors internal affairs misconduct investigations into the police and fire department. She previously worked as a prosecutor at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Washington State and as a police officer in San Francisco.

Two meetings are being held virtually Nov. 29 and 30.

Tuesday’s meeting will start at 6 p.m. You can join that meeting by clicking on this link.

The second is set for 6 p.m. You can join that meeting by clicking here.

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