Bob Moore took it upon himself to nominate his own city for a dubious award. You can read about it HERE.
Moore throws a fit as if he's the only one to ever have his open records request get screwed up. It has happened to everybody at some point and I pointed out why more than a year ago. The city's process is innocent, but not sufficient. They hired a single person to track down the materials and that person is neither an expert on data retention nor open records laws. This was setup to fail by the previous city manager purely by accident.
I know for a fact that two years ago any open records request made to the city was subject to shenanigans. Council members were sent the request and told to produce any applicable materials. Smart city council members started hitting delete so fast their fingers were making little sonic booms. And even if they weren't smart enough to delete, they just said they didn't have any emails pertaining to the request and moved on with their day.
Remember, Rep. Claudia Ordaz was asked to turn over texts pertaining to city business. She could have said she didn't have any, but she didn't. She unloaded everything she had and the city attorney clipped that dirty laundry to the line running across the yard for everyone to admire. The point here is that the city attorney had no means of searching Ordaz's phone for messages pertaining to work. Ordaz could have said she had none and there'd be no way to prove her wrong. This same principle is in place for all communications.
Bottom line - the system isn't ever going to work because you have people self-reporting. Most municipalities just have their IT guy go in from the back end and search the emails and give them to the open records wizard.
So, I guess what I'm saying is that the system is broken in El Paso. However, that's no reason to go shit on your city in a national competition. That is not a solution to the problem. It just makes El Paso look worse and people will leave and the newspaper will lose subscribers.
You must also think of it this way. The emails Moore didn't get weren't withheld on purpose. The people who withheld them were very excited to see the city manager's name run down - they loved what the El Paso Times was doing to the city manager. It was clearly human error and one that they didn't want to make. The effort to slander the city manager was about the only time I've seen city staff and council members work so efficiently together.
And don't you think it's ironic that Bob Moore would say the city is bad a sharing information given that he received multiple documents pertaining to the city manager before even city council did? Bob Moore didn't have a ringside seat to the slandering of the city manager, he was in the ring throwing punches at the direction of city officials. He had what some are calling "criminal access" to what was going on during the whole process. The only reason he knew he didn't get the right emails is because some broke the rules and leaked them to him! The city has been so open with information pertaining to the city manager that someone ought to go to jail over it.
But hey, Bob Moore has a big ego and if he can bring down a whole city just so he can feel like a man - so be it.