Sparks Council Went Too Far, Judge Rules

A Washoe County judge says Sparks officials went too far in hiding the names of people mentioned in the investigative report of City Attorney Chet Adams and ordered the city to release a revised version.

Washoe County District Judge Steve Kosach said the council's actions went beyond his intentions.

The Sparks City Council approved 35-thousand dollars .in public money to pay for the report into possible misconduct in Adams' office. The council received the report April 16th and voted to keep it confidential.

The action prompted a lawsuit by the Reno Gazette-Journal, which
contended that the report should be subjected to Nevada's open records law.

When the city released the report, all names with the exception of Adams were blacked out.

Kosach agreed with the newspaper's request and ruled the city should redact only names of individuals whose personal lives are discussed in the investigative report, and who are not otherwise identified in publicly accessible files related to such discussions

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