The Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Oregonian Publishing Company reached a tentative agreement before a hearing on a motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday, July 26.
Oregonian Publishing Company and reporter Les Zaitz filed the motion in Grant County Circuit Court July 22 seeking to prevent the destruction of emails from Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer’s account. They filed a complaint in May asking the court to force the sheriff’s office to release certain records.
Their attorney, Brad Daniels, said he and the defendants’ attorney had reached a tentative agreement that would preclude the necessity for the restraining order.
On behalf of Palmer, the sheriff’s office and records employee Sally DeFord, who was also named as a defendant, attorney Zachary Hostetter said the tentative agreement included the stipulation that all emails would be maintained in electronic form from July 25 forward.
Hostetter said, even before the agreement, Palmer and the sheriff’s office complied with email retention rules by retaining printed copies of emails when needed.
Oregon law says every person has a right to inspect any public record of a public body in the state, except for certain exempt records. It is a Class A misdemeanor for a person, without lawful authority, to knowingly destroy any public record.
If the parties are unable to reach a final agreement, a new hearing on the motion for the temporary restraining order was scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Aug. 3.