County Settles Public Records Lawsuit

[VIDEO} Tuesday, the Mason County Commission settled a public records lawsuit with Brad Carey for $30,000.

In April of last year, Carey filed a public records request seeking information on a proposed gravel mine application on Hood Canal. According to the suit, the County provided Carey with an electronic file containing a copy of a signed State of Washington form “SM 6” and the application for the gravel mine which was originally filed in July 2018 and withdrawn days later. However, in December, Carey learned of existence of additional documents relating to the proposed gravel mine which were not provided.

Those documents were discovered in the possession of a County official and turned over to Carey last month. Carey then filed the lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court saying Mason County violated the Open Public Meetings Act.

The County Commission unanimously approved the $30,000 settlement Tuesday.

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