The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is a private organization that includes all of Washington’s 281 cities. They provide many services to the cities and towns it serves, as well as the councilmembers who are part of those cities.
This year, Puyallup’s Mayor Kathy Turner, was elected the new President of the AWC.
Now, the Superior Court has ruled that the AWC is subject to the Public Disclosure Act, meaning they must accept and fulfill public records request.
Why is this a big deal? Because the AWC fought for years to not allow public access, even though their organization acts like a governmental agency. It makes you wonder why they want to keep everything hidden.
Here in Puyallup, we are very familiar with public records not being released. Councilmember John Knutsen had to take the former city manager and current city attorney to court to try and get simple information from them. (We’ll have a post about that and its’ cost soon.)
So, now the AWC must fulfill public information requests and another vail of secrecy is taken down.