The Ada County Prosecutor’s office needs a reminder about their ultimate boss. It is the people of Ada County, not the Commishes.
When the Idaho Statesman was sent a LETTER denying access to public information on the grounds the information was a “personnel matter” exempt from disclosure, that office acted in bad faith in our opinion. If the county attorney cautioned the Commishes they were outside the law, he owes it to the citizens to come forth and say so…in fact, barring yet another “conflict,” he should have filed appropriate charges for violation of the Idaho Open Records Law.
The letter from a county engineer to his boss simply stated a third party review was needed on data regarding the Dynamis trash to energy project because the engineer felt the issue was beyond his area of expertise. That letter from the engineer was made public by Commissioner Dave Case who said he would not be a party to the deception.
Since the prosecutor’s office reviewed the deceitful refusal to the Statesman and received a copy of the denial, we question how the new commission will be able to trust legal advice from that office after members are seated in January. This goes beyond a mere legal interpretation, it is a blatant attempt to withhold information from the public and it was done with the full knowledge of the Ada County Prosecutor.
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