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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Just Don't Write a Report and Then Meet One-on-One

This (Vancouver) Columbian editorial describes why Clark County commissioners are wrong to prohibit their consultant, who was paid over $9,000 to investigate misconduct of county employees, from writing up the report because it would then be subject to disclosure.

To top it off, the consultant is meeting one-on-one with the commissioners to avoid the Open Public Meetings Act. Writes the Columbian:

"Clark County Commissioner Betty Sue Morris, a reliable source of valuable advice, told a Columbian reporter last Friday: 'I’d much prefer that you called the board (of county commissioners) secretive and imprudent in spending public funds than I would to have you expose our employees.'

"We’ll follow her advice."