April 12, 2017 · 11 Comments
Effingham Co. (ECWd) –
In light of the ambulance contract the county recently entered into, and the public outcry over concerns on how that process was handled, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
My request was sent March 30th, 2017, and we have had zero response from the county until today and only because we got the State’s Attorney involved. The following is what was requested.
Considering it appeared our request was being ignored, as it is well past due the statutory time frame, we reached out to State’s Attorney Brian Kibler. Shortly after contacting his office we received the following notification from his office.
Kirk, I just spoke with the County Clerk, Kerry Hirtzel, and he informed me that you would be receiving an email regarding your FOIA request. If you have any other questions, please let me know.
CORRECTION/UPDATE: I appreciate the response, however, we believe it is fair to ask, is the State’s Attorney going to exercise his power to hold them accountable and prosecute the FOIA violation as Official Misconduct or will he ultimately end up defending them in what is a clear violation of our law pertaining to access of public records?
By Kirk Allen
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