Attorney General rules in Open Records Case against former Ferris council member – Texas News

Attorney General rules in Open Records Case against former Ferris council member – Texas News

By Rita Cook  / The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – The former city council member is no longer on the city council, but Jay Walsh cost the city money due to an investigation several months ago to determine if allegations of sexual misconduct were true.

Then the city attorney decided much of the information this paper requested under the Open Records Act was not to be released to the public.

Last week the Attorney General ruled otherwise and L. Brian Narvaez of Brown and Hoffmeister LLP, representing the City of Ferris will now be forced to release at least some of the paperwork related to the allegations.

This paperwork might give the public at least some information about what happened when Walsh was accused by two female city employees of improper sexual advances.

Waiting for more than two weeks for comment from the city on the allegations back when  the accusations initially were made, representatives from the law firm sent a certified letter in response to the open records request stating there would be no information forthcoming on the allegations.

It read the city “seeks to withhold the submitted responsive information.”

One of the reasons cited for the city’s request to withhold the information was because it is “highly intimate or embarrassing, the publication which would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person.” 

It was also cited the information was not of “legitimate concern” to the public.

While the city and its legal team did not wish to disclose the information of the details of the sexual misconduct, a council member with charges of this nature is of legitimate concern…

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