Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 8
that he has executed a settlement with the city of Independence after allegations
of violating the state’s Open Records Act (KORA).
allegations, Schmidt’s office received a complaint stating the city violated
KORA when it refused to disclose a copy of a blank evaluative tool the city
commission used to evaluate the city manager. Schmidt’s office looked into the
matter and determined that the city did indeed violate KORA.
also determined that the blank evaluative tool was actually a city manager
performance evaluation that is publicly available online. It is therefore not
subject to discretionary closure per state laws.
signed a consent order admitting to the violation and for refusing to provide a copy
of the publicly available form to the complainant. The city agreed to make the
form available and pay a $250 civil penalty.