Everett To Pay Citizen $35,000 For Public Records Request Failure

August 7, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

public records request

When the city holds back records it can cost taxpayers big bucks.

On Wednesday the Everett City Council is expected to approve a payout of $35,000.00 over failure of the city to promptly deliver on a public records request.

According to documents attached to this week’s city council agenda, in November of 2015, a woman named Brenda Kennedy made 10 different requests for public records from the City of Everett.

The city responded in December 2015 and January 2016. It was later determined that a number of records were missing from the original request. While the city has now provided all of the records. it left itself open to a lawsuit for failing to provide them in a timely manner. Kennedy filed suit against the city and the two have reached a settlement for $35,000.00.

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