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City of Monroe asking courts for guidance on what Monroe PD employee information should be public

The city of Monroe is asking the 4th Judicial District Court for guidance on what city employee information should be public, according to a press release. Source: (KNOE)
The city of Monroe is asking the 4th Judicial District Court for guidance on what city employee information should be public, according to a press release. Source: (KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:40 PM CST
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The city of Monroe is asking the 4th Judicial District Court for guidance on what Monroe PD information should be public, according to a press release.

The release states the city has received "numerous requests for public records related to the internal, investigatory files of several current and former Monroe Police Department employees."

The release states some of these requests may be asking for information that would violate employees the constitutional or statutory right to policy.

The full press release is as follows:

“The City of Monroe firmly believes in an open and transparent government. Recently, the City has received numerous requests for public records related to the internal, investigatory files of several current and former Monroe Police Department employees. The City recognizes the public’s right to know about the day-to-day operations of its government and its employees, but it also recognizes that individual employees may have a constitutional or statutory right to privacy in their personnel records. To that end, the City also has an obligation as an employer to protect the privacy interests of its employees. Many of the employee’s subject to these requests have expressed their formal opposition to the release of their personnel or investigatory files.

Because of these competing interests, and the multiple requests that the City has received for this information, the City filed a Petition today in the Fourth Judicial District Court, Ouachita Parish, seeking a declaration concerning what documents in connection with an employee’s internal, investigatory file must be produced in response to a public records request. This action was not taken to delay responding to any particular request; but it was done to ensure that the City appropriately takes into account the public’s right to know and the employees’ right to privacy. We hope that the court’s guidance in this case will serve as a useful tool to help us respond to similar public records requests in the future.”

- Angie Sturdivant, City Attorney

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