Eagle’s Mayor, Phil Bandy is skating on some legal thin ice and the temperature is rising with regard to his refusal to make public the names and resume’s of applicants to fill a vacant city council seat.
Bandy has ordered the clerk’s office to withhold the public information contained in the applications and until today he wouldn’t even reveal the names of those seeking to govern the citizens of Eagle. The clerk will offer the names and NOTHING more about the applicants.
In our democratic society it is unthinkable to withhold vital information and deny the public any voice in vetting those who seek to consume and spend tax money.
In an important decision rendered in 1996, FEDERATED PUBLICATIONS (former owner of the Idaho Statesman) vs BOISE CITY, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled the names and resumes of applicants for appointment to a vacancy in city council are NOT exempt to disclosure.
Legacy media has been unable to get the information, but The GUARDIAN has made some inquiries into the matter and we are confident the wayward mayor will see the light and comply with the Idaho Code upon advice of legal counsel.
The GUARDIAN has filed a formal request for the names and resumes and we are prepared to go to bat for the citizens of Eagle to force compliance with the law, but expect the information to be made public soon.
UPDATE 4:15 p.m.–After filing a public records request, the GUARDIAN received the complete applications of all the candidates without comment or explanation. It appears common sense and cool heads prevailed.
GUARDIAN SUMMARY OF APPLICANTS:
Check out the Eagle City Council applicants.
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