By Sheila Stogsdill
Special to the Globe
JAY, Okla. - A former Grove banker won his open-records fight Thursday when a Delaware County judge ruled he should receive the Grove city attorney's resume and the City Council's information packets.
Earl Shero, former executive vice president of Grand Savings Bank of Grove, sued the city in February after he was refused a copy of the city attorney's resume and the information packets that council members receive before their meetings.
The packets, compiled by the city manager and staff, usually contain detailed information about items on the agendas for the meetings.
Associate Judge Barry Denney ruled Thursday that City Attorney Dorothy Parker's resume is a public document and subject to disclosure under the Oklahoma Open Records Act because she provided it to city officials as part of an employment application.
Denney also ruled that the information packets that the City Council receives before its meetings are public documents. Any documents of a personal or confidential nature need to be removed from the information packets, Denney said.
"I hold the City Council responsible for what has happened," Shero said. "They condoned, supported and paid our city employees, in my opinion to violate the law."
Shero said the open-records dispute is over except for the awarding of attorney fees. Fees for his legal counsel are about $25,000, he said
During Thursday's hearing, Parker contended that the packets are not subject to the Oklahoma Open Records Act because they contain public officials' confidential, personal notes and personally created materials. She said it would create a hardship on city employees to meet Shero's request.
Parker argued that her resume is not an open record because information that pertains to hiring is privileged.
The Open Records Act says job applications are public.
By Sheila Stogsdill
Russell C. Buckley, 72, of Neosho passed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on January 16, 2022. He was a strong, kind and generous man who influenced the lives of many. He is survived by his wife Nancy Buckley, their six children and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be mad…
James L. McWilliams, passed away January 20, 2022, in Springfield, MO. He was born August 19, 1939, in Carthage, MO. Survived by his twin sister, Sandra White and husband Bob; his children, Jim McWilliams Jr. and Laralyn McWilliams; granddaughter, Sofia Anderson; cousins, Janice Baucom and J…
- Wally Kennedy: Pizza Ranch makes progress in Joplin
- Foster mother sentenced to prison in abuse of 2 girls
- Woman sent to prison, must repay $7.5 million in fraud case
- Neosho School Board scales back COVID-19 plan
- Joplin drug trafficking case headed for trial
- Defendant draws prison time in Joplin shoplifting case
- Webb City opens first recreational trail as part of restoration project to remove mine waste
- Joplin rolls past Branson behind Hafer's ferocious dunks
- Joplin's Stained Glass Theatre looking for new home
- Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice