JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--On Dec. 15 and Dec. 28, 2017, the State Auditor's Office received Sunshine Law requests for documents concerning the Greene County Sheriff's Office or Sheriff Jim Arnott covering a two-year period. The Auditor's Office responded with immediately available documents and committed in writing to continued review of additional information according to an established timeline. Prior to the completion of this review and without expressing any concern over the established timeline, Sheriff Arnott filed his lawsuit.
Today, the State Auditor's office provided the final response to the requests, which includes more than 300 pages of documents. Any documents that are confidential and closed pursuant to law were omitted, including information that could reveal whistleblower identities.
The State Auditor's Office released the following statement:
The State Auditor's Office remains dedicated to its legal duty to protect the identity of those who blow the whistle on government waste, fraud and abuse. It would be better for taxpayers if there was no additional expense on this lawsuit, however, this office remains willing to go before a judge to ensure those who report concerns of government wrongdoing are protected from retribution.