For immediate release
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Rhonda Rosenberg, Director of Communications
King County Housing Authority
KCHA settles public records claim
The King County Housing Authority has settled a claim by Cindy Ference, a tenant in one of its housing communities in Shoreline, Wash., for $24,300. Ms. Ference has made 25 separate requests for documents from the Housing Authority over the last two years. The Housing Authority has provided her with hundreds of pages of documents in response, but failed to provide, under three specific requests, all of the records she was entitled to receive pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act.
“This settlement is the right thing to do,” said Stephen Norman, the Housing Authority’s Executive Director. “While we produce thousands of pages of documents each year in response to requests from individuals and organizations, in this case we failed to fully identify every document that could be construed as falling within the intent of the request. We sincerely apologize and have made internal changes to keep this kind of inadvertent error from happening again.”