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.
- A copy of written request addressed to the clerk of the board for a special meeting of the county board that reflects one-third of the members of the board making said request for a special meeting as required by law for the last three special meetings held by the County Board.
- A copy of written notice to each member of the board informing them a special meeting has been called by one-third of the members of the board for the last three special meetings held by the County Board.
- A copy of the notice of such meeting published in the newspaper as required by law for the last three special meetings held by the County Board.
- A copy of the recording (audio/video) of the last special meeting where the Ambulance Settlement agreement was acted on.
- A copy of the settlement agreement voted on by the board.
- A copy of the agenda for the special meeting where the Ambulance settlement agreement was acted on.
- A copy of e-mail addresses for all County elected officials.
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?