Connecticut: Fear of retribution cited for withholding officials’ identities from public

October 12, 2016 3:22 PM

Protecting the identity of current and past New Canaan officials who fear retribution or embarrassment in the community if their true opinions became known is a weightier public interest than letting the identities and opinions be known to the electorate. New Canaan Charter Revision Commission Chairman David Hunt and member Penny Young told a Connecticut Freedom of Information hearing officer on Tuesday that this was a primary reason for the Charter Revision Commission (CRC) withholding such information from the public.

These are “real concerns in a small town,” Hunt said. Continue...