The Edmonds City Attorney on Wednesday released details of a $50,000 settlement between the city and Edmonds resident Finis Tupper regarding a dispute over a public records request.
The Edmonds City Council approved the settlement following an executive session on July 7.
According to the settlement agreement, on Oct. 18, 2014, Tupper submitted a request to the City of Edmonds “for certain public records.” Between Dec. 10, 2014 and Feb. 5, 2015, the city “provided or otherwise made available documents” in response to Tupper’s request, the settlement said. However, Tupper contends that the city violated the Public Records Act by not providing the documents in a timely manner and “by not fully responding to the public records request.”
“The city contends that it complied with the Public Records Act and denies the contentions made by Tupper,” the settlement notes.
Tupper filed an action in Snohomish County Superior Court on Feb. 20, 2015, to enforce the alleged violations “and to recover penalties allowed under the Act and injunctive relief,” the settlement said. In response, the city denied the allegations contained in the complaint.
The settlement agreement was crafted “to avoid the time, expense and uncertainty of litigating the pending matter before the Snohomish County Superior Court” the document said, and “should be not be construed as an admission by the City that it has violated any law or failed to fulfill any obligation under the Public Records Act.
The city agreed to pay Tupper $50,269.25 in exchange for Tupper agreeing not to sue the city.
City Attorney Jeff Taraday said he couldn’t elaborate on the settlement, and Tupper did not respond to an email from My Edmonds News requesting a comment.