Blue Ash Wins Appeal in Public Records Lawsuit
The City of Blue Ash is pleased with the Hamilton County Court of Appeals reversal in State of Ohio, ex rel. The Community Press v. the City of Blue Ash. The court’s decision affirms that the City did not violate any public records laws following a 2014 employee development exercise.
In 2016, The Community Press newspaper sued the City after requesting copies of confidential employee questionnaires. Blue Ash appealed the court’s decision in 2017. The Hamilton County Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of the City of Blue Ash on June 27th, stating that because the documents relating to the project “were not utilized by Blue Ash to carry out its duties and responsibilities, they were not public records subject to disclosure.”
“This was a long process, but the City of Blue Ash remained steadfast in its adherence to the Ohio Public Records Act,” said City of Blue Ash Assistant City Manager Kelly Harrington. “While I am gratified that the City won the appeal, it is unfortunate that a useful employee development exercise was questioned in the process,” she said.
The City remains committed to transparency and operating under a high-level of openness and honesty.