Editorial: Shining light on meetings, costly lawsuits

The Durango Herald: Here we go again.

Serial records requester Pagosa Springs attorney Matt Roane gave the city of Durango an ultimatum on Jan. 4: Either City Council approves the release of a recording from a Dec. 12 executive session regarding an evaluation of Tony Maestas, former interim city attorney, or the city faces another lawsuit.

If there’s anything untoward happening in city government, we want to be first in line to know about it. But our understanding is that the city can discuss confidential, personnel matters behind closed doors and be protected by state law.

Because of Roane’s unsavory history of suing government entities – especially school districts – that pay him to go away rather than litigate, our first thought was déjà vu. But this new potential lawsuit is a different animal.

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