Tuesday, May 1, 2012
State and Local Stories
Tidewater News: The head of the Virginia Press Association called the Southampton County supervisors’ discussion in a hallway during a Wednesday budget workshop an illegal closed-door session. Drewryville District Supervisor Dallas Jones, chairman of the board, said Friday they did not break the law. Ivor-Berlin District Supervisor Ronnie West agreed. At the start of the meeting to work on the county’s proposed $52 million budget, supervisors discussed whether comments would be taken from the more than 600 people at Southampton High School. Jerusalem District Supervisor Dr. Alan Edwards understood that was the planned format, while Jones disagreed. After some discussion, Jones suggested the board take a five-minute break. The seven supervisors filed into a hallway.
The Schilling Show: Immediately upon the release of investigative findings implicating (now former) Charlottesville Communications Director, Ric Barrick, in a public bid-rigging and cover-up scandal, Barrick resigned his $95,000 per year position. Following Barrick’s public self-termination, Jones punished Barrick with…a new job—one that pays the full-time equivalent salary of $55,000 per year, and one which appears to have no definite termination date. In the course of the police investigation into “Barrick-gate,” the former Communications director freely admitted to permanently deleting emails and other public electronic documents in order to conceal his misdeeds—this in clear violation of the Virginia Public Records Act. While Jones did not respond publicly to Barrick’s attempted cover-up through the destruction of evidence, the incident caught the attention of the Library of Virginia, which oversees public records administration.
Making Your FOIA Life Easier (MYFLE)
A workshop for government records managers.
Thursday, May 3
Library of Virginia
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER
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The Virginia Coalition
for Open Government
P.O. Box 2576
Williamsburg VA 23187