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Judge says city must release details on pay

Judge says city must release details on pay



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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- A judge said the city must disclose details on bonuses and overtime for employees in the police and fire departments.

Sandy, claiming privacy, had offered to provide one figure for each employee, but The Salt Lake Tribune wanted a breakdown of total pay. The newspaper filed a request in 2004 under Utah's public-records law.

State law defines "gross compensation" as "every form of remuneration" and does not exempt records concerning bonus and overtime pay, 3rd District Judge Robert Faust said Friday.

The State Records Committee in 2005 upheld the Tribune's request, but Sandy, a Salt Lake City suburb, appealed the decision to 3rd District Court.

"Every other city they asked gave them that information," said Michael Patrick O'Brien, attorney for the newspaper.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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