Editorial: Oregon should not retreat on independence for public records advocate

Submitted by NFOIC on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 8:00am

Ginger McCall’s parting gift to Oregon was a crash course in the importance of independence.

McCall, Oregon’s first public records advocate, resigned last year after just 18 months on the job, citing pressure from the governor’s general counsel to adopt stances that supported the governor’s agenda – not the public interest as her office’s name would suggest. Her courageous decision, delivered with the records to back up her claims, motivated the public records advisory council on which McCall served to make the office’s independence a top priority. (Read more here...)