AG: Frontenac violated open records law

City tried to charge reporter $3,500 for public records. Attorney general says fee was not explained or justified, and cost was unreasonable.

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February 18, 2020 - 10:16 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Frontenac violated the Kansas Open Records Act when it sought to charge a reporter $3,500 to receive public records involving a leadership shakeup in the southeast Kansas town, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.

The reporter, from KOAM-TV, was seeking public records involving the firing of the city administrator, city clerk and city attorney in September, which prompted the mayor to resign. The council also reinstated a city clerk who had been fired a few weeks earlier. 

All the actions were taken without public discussion or a private meeting to discuss personnel issues. The shakeup has never been publicly explained.

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