Anyone who values transparent and accountable government should applaud the decision by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to restore to full time the position of assistant attorney general for open government, the Open Government Ombudsman.
The ombudsman answered frequent questions, mediated disputes and provided training for local government dealing with duties under the state Open Public Meetings and Public Records acts. The position was cut to half time in 2011 by thinning budgets. It was a false economy. Just training local government to comply with open public records and meetings requirements saves all taxpayers, “and government agencies better serve the people when they fully understand and follow open government laws,” said Ferguson.