Bob Bryant: Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week

We are very happy to present the 16th Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week award to Bob Bryant of tiny Crenshaw, Mississippi.

Mr. Bryant came to our attention because of a great article about him by Chris Joyner of the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, Private citizens often lead charge to challenge government secrecy.

Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week

Dilapidated properties and declining home values in Crenshaw concerned Mr. Bryant. He started attending Crenshaw Board of Aldermen meetings in 2005. There, he concluded that “they didn’t want to fool with the public”. (Quotes courtesy of Chris Joyner’s article.)

Bryant started filing open records requests and, to our shock and surprise, the city ignored them until Mr. Bryant hired an attorney.

John Howell, publisher of the Crenshaw newspaper, The Panolian, ventures to say that Mr. Bryant is “a real thorn” in the side of the Crenshaw aldermen.

As Chris Joyner writes, “Some towns already have a Bob Bryant. Some others might consider getting one after hearing his story.”

We agree.

From the snowy frozen wasteland of Wisconsin, we are happy to give an STOTW shout-out to Mr. Bryant. Long may you persevere.

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