City treasurer Steve Hutt responded with a memo dated September 29, 1993, explaining that he and his staff lacked the expertise. Crider signed the contract. "We're in the tax collection, banking and bond business here," Hutt tells Westword. "We're not in the community liaison sphere."
Hutt acknowledges that because of delays in getting the program started, Cox was stuck doing "a lot of hurry up and wait." She detailed her work product in status reports filed with the city; those reports list numerous meetings with community groups--including appearances before the Mayor's Black Advisory Council, the Colorado Black Roundtable and Colorado Black Women for Political Action. Cox also helped put together a program brochure for the city to hand out, says Hutt.
Cox's contract expired March 1, before she could complete one provision: monitoring the banks' progress toward meeting lending goals. But Hutt says he expects her to receive a new contract--for more money, yet to be negotiated--so she can take part in that process.
The work Cox has performed for the city, adds Hutt, was "definitely necessary and appropriate.