Ontario takes cautious stand on officials’ records

City Manager Adam Brown (right) provides input during Ontario City Council deliberations while Larry Sullivan, city attorney, listens. (The Enterprise/Max Egener)

ONTARIO – Ontario city officials said Monday they encourage city councilors to comply with public records law, but they stopped short of saying city councilors are required to do so.

In a statement Monday, City Manager Adam Brown acknowledged the city recently staked a position that city councilors weren’t subject to the law. The law is designed to give citizens access to information about how their government functions.

That position would be at odds with recent court cases in Oregon. The state records law states: “Every person has a right to inspect any public record of a public body in this state,” provided there is no legal exemption.

Brown in his statement Monday said, “The City of . . .