Holes in Colorado open records law grow as technology changes

The Denver Post: In Basalt, a citizen tried to obtain records of more than 100 text messages between the town’s mayor and clerk less than two months after they were sent, only to find they’d been deleted. The district attorney cleared the officials of wrongdoing.

A Colorado Springs reporter tried to obtain records of emails to and from that city’s mayor but was told those emails had been deleted after just 90 days.

And last year, state Sen. John Cooke requested a trove of emails from a top staffer at the state Public Health and Environment department, but initially the request was denied and he was told that the official’s emails had been deleted when he left his post.

Visit The Denver Post for more.

Subscribe to Our Blog