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Sheriff Denies Records Request, Then Sends a Bill for Services

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The sheriff in Michigan’s Shiawassee County rejected the Owosso Argus-Press’s request for records related to a former officer, then sent the newspaper a bill for $10. In refusing the request, Sheriff Jon Wilson said he had no knowledge of any employment issues involving the officer and that internal labor issues aren’t subject the state’s public records law. The newspaper cited a letter written by the sheriff to the employee about work issues and questioned the sheriff’s interpretation of the law. (8/27/08)