According to news reports our Mayor has signed a separation agreement with our soon to be departed city attorney.
We don’t know what the final version of the agreement looks like.
KTSM has evidently requested a copy under the Texas Public Information Act. The city has yet to produce it even though the act reads:
Sec. 552.221. APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION; PRODUCTION OF PUBLIC INFORMATION. (a) An officer for public information of a governmental body shall promptly produce public information for inspection, duplication, or both on application by any person to the officer. In this subsection, “promptly” means as soon as possible under the circumstances, that is, within a reasonable time, without delay.
As soon as possible does not mean waiting the maximum amount of time that they can. What it means is that if they have the document they should copy it as soon a a copy machine is available and turn it over to the requester. Unfortunately the Act does not make this kind of stalling illegal. We have learned that many of our public officials are willing to do things that are wrong if they know that they are not illegal.
The version that KTSM has received might not be the final one, however the one they got has this in it:
The person signing this Agreement on behalf of the City certifies that the person has full authority and approval to bind the City to this Agreement.
The mayor cannot agree to contracts without prior city council approval.
We deserve better