Derry councilors' Anderson emails won’t be released
Anderson ultimately agreed with councilors to leave his job in October. He was paid a lump sum of $45,000, according to town records.
Coyle said he does not question the judge’s ruling since she was able to read the exchange, which was submitted to the court under seal.
Coyle remained critical of the town taking the matter to court instead of simply rejecting his request.
“I wanted to see how they are communicating and that’s what the law allows,” Coyle said of his request. “I never expected the town to say, ’We are going to take you to court.’”
Budreau then forwarded that email to other councilors setting off a discussion that came to a stop when the council chairman reminded the group of their obligations to not discuss such matters over email, according to the town’s lawyer, Brenda Keith.
People seeking access to records usually take their dispute to court for a judge to decide when they have been turned down by a governmental agency. In Derry’s case, after the town provided Coyle with about 13 other documents, they took the matter to court on their own.
But Wageling noted that before the court hearing, the town “had already required remedial training for the council members involved in the e-mail exchange at issue in this case. The town further explained that no decision arose as a result of the email exchange, so there is no decision to invalidate.”
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