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Strong public records policies can prove that the fix isn't in

How do you know there’s nothing shady going on with Pima County? Make sure the public records law is followed so the county business is done right there for the community to see.... Read more»

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Jan 30, 2020, 9:29 am
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Pima County Pima County follows and complies with the Arizona Public Records law. If the Tucson Sentinel has specific examples of the County not complying with the records law, please provide them and I’ll look into it.

The County’s Records policy can be read here:
https://webcms.pima.gov/.../Clerk of…/Policies/C4-2.pdf

The County’s Administrative Procedure for Records can be found https://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Administration/Administrative Procedures/4-4 Administrative Procedures (10-30-2015) Revised.pdf
and here:
https://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Administration/Administrative Procedures/4-5_PC_Records_Management_Program.pdf

The Clerk of the Board promptly processes about 300 records requests from the public a year, the vast majority of them from people not in the media, counter to what Mr. Morlock asserts in his innuendo-filled column.

Pima County is one of if not the most transparent governments in the state. Anyone who asserts, or implies as Mr. Morlock has done in his column, otherwise doesn’t know what he or she is talking about.
Mark B. Evans
Pima County Communications Director

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Jan 30, 2020, 10:52 am
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If Mr. Evans weren’t so knee-jerk self-defensive, he’d recognize that Morlock’s column is about the importance of continuing to be transparent, and not an accusation that Pima County is not being so. Just the opposite: it’s a refutation of such innuendoes.

Even so, members of the Board of Supervisors and the county administrator pledged nearly four years ago to improve the county’s records policies, including ensuring that self-interested officials aren’t redacting their own documents, providing most electronic records without charge, and streamlining review procedures. Sadly, that has not taken place. It should.

Dylan Smith
Editor & Publisher
TucsonSentinel.com

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