I just got back the records request I made on the exempt employees who were let go and will be out of work Jan. 8.
To be clear, my request asked for "any or all correspondence, including but not limited to e-mails and traditional mail, written memos or other communication, to or from anyone in your office related to the 59 people who were notified this week they are being laid off."
All I got back were a bunch of e-mails I and other reporters sent on the topic. Oh, and the press releases sent to us media on the lay offs. Nothing else that gives any clue as to who was laid off. No letters to people who were fired. No letters to the department heads of people who were to be fired. Nothing outlining who would be chosen to get the boot or how.
Does anyone else find it hard to believe that e-mails from reporters on this subject are the only documents out there on this topic?
I have an e-mail into the Governor's Office asking for an explanation and will let you know when I get one.
Update, 5:47 pm.
Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said the office turned over all documents and records in this case.
He said it's "not necessary, nor is it appropriate or dignified to identify individuals who are losing their jobs" but gave no legal reason for withholding the information.