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Judge rules for city in open records dispute

A judge has ruled in favor of the City of Columbia in an open records lawsuit.

The Daily Tribune reports the Columbia Police Officers Association requested email messages between Police Chief Ken Burton and Deputy Chief Jill Schlude sent over several weeks in 2016. The CPOA was charged $839.

The judge ruled that was ok, mostly because Burton and Schlude were billed for their time reviewing what emails could be released.

A different judge ruled in May that City Manager Mike Matthes knowingly violated open records laws, tied to the release of a survey taken by police officers.

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