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Kevin Kilgore/Ringgold County Board of Supervisors - Dismissal Order


The Iowa Public Information Board

In re the Matter of:

Kevin Kilgore, Complainant

And Concerning:

Ringgold County Board of Supervisors, Respondent


                     Case Number: 17FC:0091                                    

                         DISMISSAL ORDER


COMES NOW, Margaret E. Johnson, Executive Director for the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), and enters this Dismissal Order:


On December 18 , 2017, Kevin Kilgore filed a formal complaint against Ringgold County Board of Supervisors (Board).  He alleged that actions taken by the Board in hiring a shop supervisor were inappropriate.  He alleged that violating these Code sections is also a violation of Iowa Code sections 21.3, 21.4, and 22.3 if a decision is made at an open meeting or is memorialized in a record.  He also has concerns about the terms included in a contract he received from a public records request.


Chapter 23 of the Iowa Code limits IPIB jurisdiction to review of chapters 21 (open meetings) and 22 (public records).  There is no IPIB jurisdiction over the matters disputed by Mr. Kilgore.  There is no ability to establish IPIB jurisdiction by randomly citing sections of chapter 21 or 22.


Mr. Kilgore filed an addendum which did not provide information relevant to Iowa Code chapters 21 and 22.


Mr. Kilgore also requested that the IPIB “pass” this complaint to the Polk County District Court.  The IPIB has no authority or mandate to file a district court action on his behalf.


Iowa Code section 23.8 requires that a complaint be within the IPIB’s jurisdiction, appear legally sufficient, and have merit before the IPIB accepts a complaint.  This complaint does not fulfill those requirements.


IT IS SO ORDERED:  Formal complaint 17FC:0091 is dismissed as legally insufficient and without merit pursuant to Iowa Code section 23.8(2) and Iowa Administrative Rule 497-2.1(2)(b).


Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Rule 497-2.1(3), the IPIB may “delegate acceptance or dismissal of a complaint to the executive director, subject to review by the board.”  The IPIB will review this Order on January 18, 2018.  Pursuant to IPIB rule 497-2.1(4), the parties will be notified in writing of its decision.


By the IPIB Executive Director



Margaret E. Johnson


Dated this _____ day of _______, 2018.


Cc:  Kevin Kilgore    

       Clint Spurrier, Ringgold County Attorney