Tibbetts wins the STOTW award because although he believed he was filing open records requests under Colorado law to learn more about the conduct of government in his town, unbeknownst to Tibbetts he was actually engaged in a “witch hunt”.
At least, that’s how Mayor Dave Moore sees it.
Mayor Moore built a fence in the town without the required permit. When criticized for this by a group–including Tibbetts–that is seeking to recall him from office, the Mayor said:
…while such a permit is required, none is available at Town Hall, and planners told him none had ever been issued.
However, the recall group filed an open records request to see whether anyone else from Silt had ever received one of these mysterious fence permits. What they learned is that 17 had been issued in 2007, 15 in 2006, 27 in 2005 and 18 in 2004.
Mr. Tibbetts, we are proud to welcome you as the 7th STOTW. Keep up the excellent work.
While I’m on the subject of Colorado, sometimes I think about declaring the entire state of Colorado as one big Sunshine Troublemaker.
Colorado Citizens for Ethics in Government has filed an open records request to learn about a property annexation in Longmont.
Brad Jones of Face the State embarrassed the Colorado governor with documents found in an open records request.
An effort to obtain emails of county commissioners didn’t succeed.
And that’s just in the last month.