Research: What Colorado needs to do to preserve the modern public record

When state Sen. John Cooke asked for email communications of the top official for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission last fall, the agency’s response stunned him.

“There are no records responsive to your request,” the health department’s legal compliance director wrote. “Mike Silverstein ended employment with the Department prior to your request and his email and network accounts had already been deleted.”

Silverstein had left his position as the commission’s administrator and technical secretary just a few days before the lawmaker’s August 2018 open records request, Cooke learned. The official’s emails had been “totally wiped out,” the Greeley Republican told the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. (Read more here…)