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Please don't say 'transparent'

Matt Westerhold • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

City law director Don Icsman is dug in, and continues to refuse to release information on the cost of the Nuesse civil service hearing, and a ton of other public information on Matt Kline's estimated $1 million integrity probe of fired police Chief Kim Nuesse.

"The city doesn't have that information," Icsman told me during a heated telephone conversation Thursday.

"Attorney-client privilege," he said.

Bull. Pure bull.

"Am I talking to the city's law director?" I asked. "Are you the law director? Can you please facilitate the release of this public information?"

Creating bureaucratic barriers to access public information strikes me as a serious violation of the public trust. I have a right to that information. You have a right to this information. My tax dollars,  

your tax dollars and money from the wallets of all your neighbors paid for this dog-and-pony show.

Show us the bills. Show them to us now.

Icsman's been a man just right-center in this fiasco Kline launched on city taxpayers. The law director is a skilled and dedicated public servant and one of the few adults at city hall. But it's way past  

time that Icsman step up and declare whether the public's right to know is more important than a GOB agenda and his own personal job  


And please, don't use the word "transparent."

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