Assistant City Attorney Daniel Ophoff, the City's FOIA coordinator who notoriously destroyed the minutes of closed sessions of the Grand Rapids City Commission to prevent them from being disclosed, will appear before the City's Committee on Freedom of Information Act Appeals on Tuesday, June 21st. "Shredder" Ophoff is being called by the committee to defend his decision to deny three separate FOIA requests for the disclosure of documents concerning the value of the Boardwalk apartment-office complex, a.k.a. Toxic Towers, located at 940 Monroe Avenue N.W. (Click here for the background on this issue.)
The three FOIA appeals were filed by me, your executive director; Mary Hines, L.A.W.'s office manager; and Brian Tingley, a person we are associated with for reasons beyond our control. Ms. Hines and I will also be appearing before the committee to state our reasons for appeal and answer questions. Sitting on the FOIA appeals committee are Mayor Heartwell and City Commissioners Dean and Jendrasiak. The hearing is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and open to the public in Room 601 of City Hall.