Metro Councilman Kelly Downard just sent the following message to Metro Animal Services regarding an ongoing snafu with Fischer’s Administration and LMAS going out of their way to prevent No Kill Louisville’s Jessica Reid from gaining access to public records:
Donald, I know that you and Justin are new to Metro government but your associates are not. This all started as an open records request and as such is governed by law. The three days are up. I also am aware that the records requested are hard to get and needed a special time. That is all fine and good but on specific time during a two week period seems a little unusual. May I suggest that if that is the only time you are available then get someone else to do it. If there is no one else to do it then we have a staffing issue. And please do not ask anyone to do it on overtime. Now, let’s get moving and cooperate with one of the major organizations in Louisville who knows and understands what your problems are whether you like the people and methodology or not. Thank you for your help. Kelly
That, dear readers, is leadership. Someone offering guidance and pushing for a resolution.
Reid has tried for several weeks to gain access to records and went out of her way to wait additional weeks. She went so far as to offer a two-week period of time inDecember during which she was flexible. LMAS and Fischer’s folks couldn’t even handle that.
We’ll (not NKL) be filing a lawsuit next week if Fischer and LMAS don’t want to abide by the law.
This has to end sometime and apparently no one else has the balls to stand up. If anybody wants to assist me in this effort, email me directly.
UPDATE 20min later: 11 people have emailed me in just 20 minutes. Three attorneys offering to work together and a wealthy business leader offering to bankroll the effort.
Horribly disappointing that it’s come to this for our city.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Greg Fischer won’t allow anyone to ask him questions on his public Facebook wall that’s managed with taxpayer dollars. So No Kill Louisville is asking LMAS fosters if they’ve ever been contacted.
You can just go ahead and assume what the constant answer happens to be.