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The Journal Gazette

Monday, September 10, 2018 2:36 pm

Trustee candidate files open-records complaint

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A candidate for St. Joseph Township trustee has filed a complaint with the state, alleging Trustee Sarah Gnagy did not provide records requested in June.

Carol Griffin said in the complaint sent Monday to the state's public access counselor that Gnagy violated open records laws by withholding the documents.

Griffin, a Democrat, is seeking the office now held by Gnagy, a Republican.

"It is my belief that Sarah Gnagy is exploiting the Indiana Access to Public Records Act by delaying her response in turning over the material requested because she knows there is a likelihood the information will be used against her in the November (general) election," the complaint alleges. "Therefore, she is stalling the release of the requested public records in an attempt to avoid negative publicity prior to the election."

Griffin mailed requests in March for dozens of documents to Gnagy, and the trustee refused to accept them, the complaint states. The requests were hand-delivered in June, and Griffin says she has not received a response.

Indiana law requires public agencies to respond to mailed, faxed or emailed requests within seven days. Agencies do not have to produce the records at that time, but they must acknowledge the request was received.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

mleblanc@jg.net