Colorado Springs reverses course on concealing outside legal services for Skorman’s ethics investigation

The Complete Colorado: Colorado Springs officials responding to a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request from asking to see some city legal bills initially tried to withhold public information, but later reversed course and provided the requested information.

The records request was related to a 2018 ethics investigation of City Councilmember Richard Skorman around his interference with a traffic accident.

The invoices from the law firm that represented Skorman in the ethics investigation initially came in with all information about the specific services provided blacked out. Only the dollar amounts were visible.

The April 15, 2019 email accompanying the CORA information, sent in the morning, is not signed and is attributed only to “City of Colorado Springs Communications Office” said, “The redactions within the invoices are for the City’s outside counsel legal representation details of work product and are protected under the attorney client privilege.”

Later in the day, the city re-sent the documents, saying, “After further review, the City is releasing the invoices requested. The outside counsel was not representing the City.”

On March 21, 2018 Skorman injected himself into a minor traffic accident involving Madalyne Mykut, a personal friend of Skorman’s, and Barb Sutherland, a Colorado Springs resident.

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