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.

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