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Sunshine Law complaint: Sheriff's Office asks for investigation

Sunshine Law complaint: Sheriff's Office asks for investigation

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office is requesting an investigation of the Escambia County Commission for possible Sunshine Law and public records violations.

The sheriff's office claims a closed-door commission meeting back in October violated the law.

The county said it was an attorney-client session to discuss the sheriff's pending budget appeal.

The law allows certain attorney-client meetings to be held "out of the sunshine."

The sheriff's office said that's only if settlement negotiations or litigation expenses are being discussed.

They filed a complaint with the state attorney, saying there are neither in this case.

The complaint also states the county refused to release a transcript of the meeting.

The county attorney said the transcript will not be made public until litigation is complete.

The county has seven days to respond to the complaint.

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