MO: Gov. Greitens’ Sunshine Law attorney, who used self-destructing text app Confide, leaves job

JEFFERSON CITY — The attorney handling open records requests for Gov. Eric Greitens has left the governor’s office for another position within Missouri government. 

Special counsel Sarah Madden said Wednesday in an automatic email reply that she stopped fielding Sunshine Law requests for Greitens’ office April 26.

Two weeks prior, the News-Leader reported that Madden was among the staffers in the governor’s office who used an application called Confide to communicate about government business. Confide grants secrecy to communications by deleting text messages after they are read by the intended recipient. 

A spokesman for Greitens, Parker Briden, told the News-Leader that Madden took a new government job starting Tuesday and emphasized that she was still part of Greitens’ administration. 

“Sarah has accepted an exciting new position within the administration as governmental affairs coordinator for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,” Briden said, “She starts (Tuesday). It’s a great opportunity that will allow Sarah to use her 20-plus years of experience as an attorney and public servant to continue to work on behalf of this administration.” Read more…