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PR 17-44 Mudge v. Town of North Kingstown Violation Found

The Town of North Kingstown violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The Town provided no argument or evidence that the Complainant's APRA request did not comply with its APRA procedures. Rather, the Town places blame on the impending retirement of the Finance Director. Similar was our finding in Chappell v. Town of North Kingstown, PR 11-31, where we previously confronted this issue. Therefore, based on the uncontested evidence, we found that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the APRA request in a timely manner. We directed the Town to provide a supplemental explanation as to why its failure to respond should not be considered knowing and willful, or reckless.

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