Why do we have a volunteer board member issuing responses, but paid officials enlist the services of the county attorney? The auditor, plan director, and plan commission president cost us hundreds of dollars in services they could have handled. In another instance involving an Open Door Law complaint with the county council, the county spent more than $5,000 responding to the public access counselor, when the county auditor could have written it.
The Office of the Public Access Counselor is not even an enforcement agency, so if it were to rule that there was a violation, there is no penalty, just bad press. I would like to know why each board receiving complaints doesn’t just do what Mr. Acres did for the county for free and have the head of the board being complained about just write the response? After all, they are already getting paid by the county.
Mr. Brooke’s contract with the county refers to the services he will provide “as posed by the Executive Director or his staff and all other matters directed by Tipton.” Who is “the Executive Director and his staff"? I thought the contract was with the county commissioners!
These facts support that the commissioners are wasting our tax money on the overuse of the county attorney, and it needs to end. Thank you to Mr. Acres for taking the time to write his own responses. Other board members should follow in his footsteps.