In reference to our Freedom of Information Act Request for Mayor Fisona’s emails, papers, minutes, and memos related to his proposal to sell 10 acres of public open space, we’ve been informed that the mayor no longer has those critical documents. If we understand this correctly, the mayor likes to keep his inbox clean so he has deleted the email, along with associated important documents and records transmitted via email. If we’re wrong this space is alway open to the mayor to make a statement.
Since the MPIA material is no longer available on the mayor’s system, we’ve suggested other ways he might retrieve the bulk of the material, such as asking the corporation’s secretary for the formal records. We notice there are some very specific guidelines in the state codes for retention of governmental records, especially minutes and imortant documents.
But we’ll wait to see what the response is to this one. Meanwhile, we’re pouring over the MPIA manaul so we have a strong working knowledge of rights and obligations there. We’re also reviewing the State of Maryland records retention guidelines for municipal and state government. These regulations provide guidance which are helpful in making sure the business of the pubic is kept before the public. We’ll know more soon.