Gahan begins search for a disposable scapegoat as Indiana’s Public Access Counselor finds the mayor in violation of the state’s public records law.


Thanks to WDRB’s Marcus Green for tagging me at Twitter. Here’s the link to Public Access Counselor Luke H. Britt’s advisory opinion.

“This case involves a dispute over a municipality’s lack of responses to multiple public records requests.”

Here’s the conclusion.

In the instance of Randy Smith’s ignored request, these three posts are relevant background.

River Run Family Water Park: Why won’t the city of New Albany comply with the law and grant Randy Smith’s public records request to view the financials?

Reader writes about River Run: “I was under the impression public records HAD to be made public.”

Team Gahan’s failure to fulfill open records requests? That’s Gahan’s political conspiracy against transparency, and it’s HIS problem, not anyone else’s.

Britt informed Smith that his complaint was taken into consideration in formulating the advisory opinion.

I didn’t realize the story had made it to the Associated Press. WDRB has it, dated November 4.

Indiana city faces records lawsuit after counselor’s opinion

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Three southern Indiana residents are suing the city of New Albany for allegedly failing to fulfill their public records requests.

The Floyd County lawsuit comes after Indiana’s Public Access Counselor, Luke Britt, found that New Albany had violated Indiana’s public records law.

The three plaintiffs say they requested public records in August, including electronic correspondence related to River Run Family Water Park. They sought Britt’s opinion after officials in the Ohio River city failed to acknowledge their records requests.

The News and Tribune reports the trio say their suit was filed in response to “a consistent pattern of failing to acknowledge, let alone respond, to a citizen’s inquiry into the affairs of local government.”

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan says city officials “greatly look forward” to their day in court.


Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.