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Thu July 30, 2009
KY Atty General Sides With Newspaper
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – In early June, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reporter Joy Campbell sought access to records concerning the job performance of Paula Gastenveld in her role as president of Owensboro Community and Technical College.
In May, Gastenveld was suddenly removed from her post and the newspaper says the public deserves to know why. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System provided the newspaper with the bulk of Dr. Gastenveld's performance evaluation, but not all.
The newspaper appealed, saying the public's interest was not being served. The attorney general's office agrees, saying none of the redacted information can be described as "truly personal information."
In a five-page opinion, the AG's office says the public is entitled to know why Dr. Gastenveld was removed and her evaluation may provide more insight into that question. If not appealed within 30 days, the opinion has the force of law.