Key Award Winner Kim Hendrickson

Kim Hendrickson was hired to serve as an independent police examiner on Bainbridge Island. But she became concerned that the police commission didn’t want her to look too closely – and eventually they fired her in a closed meeting. The result was an ethics violation ruling for the commission, legislation to close a loophole in the Open Public Meetings Act and ongoing efforts by Kim to promote accountability and transparency, especially in regard to law enforcement.

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Group sues Tacoma police over Stingray agreement

The News Tribune: October 2, 2015
By: Sean Robinson

It’s a six-page document that takes about two clicks to find online, a boilerplate agreement disclosed by 12 law enforcement agencies in eight states. Nevertheless, the Tacoma Police Department insists the public can’t see the details of its agreement with the FBI regarding the controversial Stingray... READ MORE >

O’Rourke says resignation leak broke state law

Yakima Herald: September 22, 2015
By: Mike Faulk

City Manager Tony O’Rourke is accusing “one or more” Yakima City Council members of breaking state law by leaking his plans to resign to local media, but open government experts say the information likely wasn’t protected from public disclosure. O’Rourke made the accusations in an interview Monday... READ MORE >

Nissen v. Pierce County

WCOG: August 27, 2015

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that text messages of government employees that relate to official business, even on their private phone, are public records. Washington Coalition for Open Government President, Toby Nixon, lauded the court decision. Read More>> READ MORE >

State Supreme Court issues landmark public records ruling on text messages

Washington Policy Center: August 27, 2015
By: Jason Mercier

In a 9-0 decision this morning the state Supreme Court ruled that the text messages of government employees that relate to official business, even on their private phone, are public records. From the ruling: Five years ago we concluded that the Public Records Act (PRA), chapter... READ MORE >

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