Oakley must reveal police fund donors, Michigan Court of Appeals rules

The Michigan Court of Appeals published a decision today that orders Oakley to release the names of donors to the village police fund.

The decision, signed digitally by Michael J. Riordan and Patrick M. Meter on Jan. 23, does not make a decision on whether the village should release the names of reservists serving as part of the Oakley Police Department.

The decision orders Saginaw County Circuit Court to hold hearings for more information. The case was filed on behalf of village resident Shannon Bitterman, wife of Oakley Trustee Dennis Bitterman. The Bittermans are owners of the Oakley Family Tavern and have claimed police have harassed their customers and employees. Continue>>>