Sumner council member Randy Hynek made comments during the April 15 council meeting that he was not authorized to.
“We are having some big discussions regarding a 320-unit apartment complex,” Hynek said. “Could it move it to Orting Junction?”
Brett Vincent, city attorney, quickly told Hynek that he “didn’t have the authority to break the attorney-client privilege.”
The information he released was told to the council during an executive section.
Hynek also told the public to e-mail his personal e-mail. The city of Sumner e-mail, Hynek said, isn’t private and can be accessed at any time.
Vincent also addressed that issue.
“I have sent numerous e-mails and done training in study sessions about public records as related to e-mails to and from council members from constituents,” Vincent said.
In the event of a public records request, council members are required to disclose all e-mails related to city business, even from their personal accounts.
For this reason, Vincent recommended to keep all e-mails regarding city business with the public account.
If a council member refuses to disclose all records of city business, even in private e-mail, the city could face a fine of $100 a day.