Communications budget to pay for public records access

Obviously this story is not from the University of Oregon, where GC Kevin Reed’s policy is to charge reporters – even student reporters – for documents. Even documents he won’t release after the students have paid, and where VP for Communications Kyle Henley spends his communications budget on propaganda to boost the reputation of UO’s administrators, not provide facts to the public.

No, this is the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and as the Oregonian’s Maxine Bernstein reports, it took a court case:

Grant County has agreed to pay The Oregonian/OregonLive $28,000 in legal fees that the news organization spent to obtain public records about Sheriff Glenn Palmer’s handling of his office.

The money likely will come out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office communications budget, said Scott Myers, who leads the county commission. …

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