Ouray County settles public records lawsuit

Ouray County Plaindealer: Ouray County will pay $7,500 to settle a case involving a public records request from the Plaindealer, after filing suit against the newspaper’s co-publisher.

The county filed suit against Erin McIntyre after she requested disciplinary records involving the county’s emergency manager and health department director and offered a settlement agreement to pay her attorney’s fees and avoid going to court later this month.

District Court Judge D. Cory Jackson signed the dismissal order Tuesday.

In January, County Administrator Connie Hunt and County Attorney Carol Viner denied an open records request from McIntyre seeking Public Health Director Tanner Kingery’s and Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd’s disciplinary records. The county claimed they were private personnel records, and later provided redacted versions of work performance evaluations, but refused to release the disciplinary records.

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