Ethics agency destroys public records Of Connecticut state officials’ financial interests

From Hartford Courant:

The Office of State Ethics has quietly destroyed a quarter-century’s worth of public records concerning the finances of present and former public officials, drawing a protest from the head of an open-government group who says the thousands of shredded files were an irreplaceable resource.


Carol Carson, executive director of the ethics office, said she has followed statutory procedures that recognize agencies’ need to dispose of old records that are no longer relevant to current operations or enforcement issues. She said when she was hired in December 2007, she inherited an office that had suffered through well-publicized internal problems, adding that its records were in a shambles and the clutter needed to be addressed.