City settlement points to better times coming

Tallahassee Democrat Editorial January 6, 2018 Tallahasseeans should feel great satisfaction with the city’s settlement of a public records lawsuit over preservation and disclosure of text messages. We’re not gloating about the agreement worked out between this paper and local
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City approves landmark public records suit settlement with the Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers January 3, 2018 The City Commission unanimously approved a landmark settlement agreement with the Tallahassee Democrat Wednesday over a lawsuit alleging public records law violations related to deleted text messages. As part of the agreement, the city admits it
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City of Tallahassee, Democrat forge settlement agreement over public records suit

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers January 2, 2018 City of Tallahassee and Tallahassee Democrat attorneys have negotiated a settlement over a lawsuit alleging city officials violated the Florida Public Records Act that could set a precedent for other local governments across the
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After lawsuit, city officials pledge to release text messages

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeff Burlew December 7, 2017 A week after the Tallahassee Democrat sued the city of Tallahassee over its failure to collect and produce text messages of its employees and elected officials, city commissioners voted to proceed with a
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Tallahassee Democrat sues city over deleted texts; city ‘committed to doing better’

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 29, 2017 The lawsuit filed in Leon Circuit Court puts in motion a process where the city and Democrat negotiate a consent order to develop policies and procedures to preserve text messages and produce
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City to consider text messaging, public records policy

WCTV by Mariel Carbone November 28, 2017 The City of Tallahassee will consider a new public records policy regarding text messages to and from city employees at its December meeting. In an item outlined in the meeting agenda, the City
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City Council president cracks down on text messaging with mayor’s office

Florida Times-Union by Christopher Hong November 14, 2017 Jacksonville’s City Council president wants to restrict council members from having private conversations through text messages with officials from Mayor Lenny Curry’s office during public meetings, which she says will improve the
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City commission approves leave for City Manager Fernandez

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 8, 2017 The City Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to grant City Manager Rick Fernandez a paid administrative leave of absence but will revisit the decision at its Dec. 6 meeting. The board also unanimously
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City: Fernandez deleted text messages to lobbyist

City wants $22,275 for additional public records subpoeaned by FBI Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 7, 2017 City Manager Rick Fernandez deleted from his cell phone a text message chain with a lobbyist who he asked for pricey football tickets, believing
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Town official called neighbors ‘loud mouths.’ Then he learned his text was public record

The Charlotte Observer by Anna Douglas and Caroline Metzler August 5, 2017 “Loud mouths that don’t even live in Mooresville pitching a fit.” That’s how one elected official described, in a text message to the mayor, some homeowners who were
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