New Castle County Officials Violated FOIA in Grimaldi Case

Jun 14, 2016

Former New Castle County Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi and New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Attorney General's Office says New Castle County officials violated the Freedom of Information Act by not responding in a timely fashion to a request from former county chief administrative officer David Grimaldi.

In an opinion dated Friday, authorities said the county did not explain why more time was needed to handle the request or give a good-faith estimate of how much time it needed.

But officials say no further action is required because the records are exempt from FOIA because of pending litigation.

Grimaldi, who is suing over his firing by County Executive Tom Gordon, was seeking audio-recordings of benefits committee meetings.

Grimaldi claims, among other things, that risk manager Cheryl McDonaugh improperly influenced the awarding of a contract for insurance consulting services that the benefits committee had considered.