Mayor’s survey of Colorado Springs city workers can be withheld, city says

From The Colorado Springs Independent:  Today, we report a few findings of a “Mayor’s Survey” of city employees conducted late last year, but most of the results are being withheld.

We asked the city last Friday to explain its reasons for withholding the findings under an exemption in the Colorado Open Records Act that allows an agency to not disclose proprietary information, the original reason the survey results were withheld.

The city’s response, which appears below, didn’t arrive until late Tuesday after the Independent‘s press run. Then, the city invokes a few more reasons that didn’t appear in the original denial sent to us on June 15.

“Proprietary information means information that the company wishes to keep confidential. Although Section J of the City’s standard procurement contract governs ownership of materials produced by the contractor for the City, it does not regulate the potential release of that contractor’s materials to the public pursuant to a Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”) request.”

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