The guys at CRG are at it again. This time, they are digging into the goings on of the Vernon County Board of Supervisors. It seems that there are suspicions of wrongdoing surrounding a vote over a hog farm in Vernon County. The son of county supervisor Maynard Cox worked for the owners of the hog farm, and questions have risen about whether or not inappropriate correspondence may have occurred regarding a moratorium vote last August. Sounds like exactly the type of situation FOIA requests are so good at addressing!
Well, supervisor Maynard Cox called in legal counsel for advice after receiving an open records request from CRG. (Heaven forbid he just comply with a request for documents without paying a lawyer.) Counselor Greg Lunde said that:
Cox does not have access to a county email address and any such records that would exist would be on a personal email account and therefore would not be subject to open records”
Unfortunately for Cox and Lunde, that’s not true. Much like this case in Virginia, even if a county supervisor maintains all of their public correspondence on a personal computer or a personal e-mail address, it is still subject to open records requests. ‘Cause it’s still public correspondence, get it?
After having that pointed out, Cox and Lunde are now trying to avoid turning over the documents by charging in excess of $3,000. Kind of makes you wonder what’s in those e-mails, doesn’t it? And what may have gone up in flames
in the burning barrel behind his house”