If one thing was clear from the attorney general’s recent opinion that Jessamine E-911 violated open-records law, it was that transparency of government outweighs privacy concerns for anonymous callers.
After EMS employee Amanda Wood’s request for tapes of 911 calls from a February traffic accident, some of the records were denied. A letter from E-911 director Shelby Horn claimed some recordings were withheld because they contained personal information that would “constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”
The accident involved four vehicles including an ambulance in which Wood was working, and the incident only received more attention when Wood’s then-fiancé and now husband Andrew Wood claimed a delay in medical response for Amanda was a purposeful retaliation by EMS chief Jerry Domidion for Andrew’s support of a sexual-harassment claim against Domidion.
The withheld calls contained no information relating to that drama, according to the attorney general’s office; they were only exchanges between 911 callers and dispatchers.