Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

I miss the days of paper files and paper shredders


I sent an open records request to Waukesha Alderman Roger Patton on February 16th for any email regarding the GuitarTown project. After not hearing from him right away, I called him on Wednesday, February 22nd, to ask the status of my request. He told me that he doesn’t have any of the records I requested because he routinely deletes any email he receives regarding city business.

On the one hand, it was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. On the other hand, for some reason I found it not surprising at all.

I’ve decided to refer the matter to Waukesha District Attorney Brad Schimel. Schimel said he will look into it.

I understand that I sent open records requests to some people on the BID board that have never had to deal with anything like that before. I’ve been willing to cut them some slack. After all, it’s nothing personal. I’m just seeking information and it’s been very frustrating trying to get it. Fortunately, I haven’t had to involve my attorney in open records cases, Mike Maistelman, yet. Of course, the week is still young. (When it comes to hiring the best, I’m very bipartisan.)

However, someone at the city has dropped the ball when it comes to explaining that you can’t just casually destroy public records. Patton’s an alderman. Shouldn’t he know better?

Between Mayor Jeff Scrima’s obstructionism and now Patton’s destruction of public records, I just want to do my Vince Lombardi impression.

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