On Christmas Eve, Marcus Green of WDRB broke down Jeff Gahan’s public records scandal; the screenshots and transcriptions follow. Green concludes with three questions:
- Why didn’t (city hall) respond to the citizens’ request before (the judge’s ruling)?
- Does it believe it doesn’t have to respond to requests it deems politically motivated?
- Why didn’t it respond to the access counselor?
To which I can add only one additional query:
Where the hell was the News and Tribune for all those weeks prior to the judge’s ruling?
The Aggregate reports: “The City of New Albany was ordered to pay over $2,000 after it failed to fulfill a public records request.”
Green makes it so simple that even a Democratic precinct committee-person can understand it.
Marcus Green @MarcusGreenWDRB
This is an interesting public records case from New Albany.
A judge rules that @NewAlbanyIN must release records sought by citizens: https://bit.ly/39b6yoc
Ok. Let’s break this down.
Judge rules New Albany must release requested public records
NEW ALBANY — Just under two months after a lawsuit was filed against the City of New Albany for failing to respond to public records requests made by three residents …
The city’s attorney, Shane Gibson, told the @newsandtribune this:
“The city was sued by former political opponents and non-city residents’ days before the November mayoral election to try and influence the outcome,” Gibson said in an emailed statement. “We are pleased those efforts failed. While these actions were politically motivated, the City of New Albany intends to comply with any court order regarding the matter.”
First, the citizens filed the lawsuit only after @NewAlbanyIN ignored their records request, which was made in August, per @newsandtribune. They then asked for Indiana’s public access counselor for an opinion.
The counselor, the state office that addresses public records disputes, says @NewAlbanyIN’s city attorney, city controller and parks director refused to respond to its questions.
The state then found New Albany violated the law: https://in.gov/pac/advisory/files/19-FC-105.pdf
Then the citizens sued.
The city attorney now says @NewAlbanyIN will comply with the court order.
Questions: Why didn’t it respond to the citizens’ request before? Does it believe it doesn’t have to respond to requests it deems politically motivated? Why didn’t it respond to the access counselor?