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Wildwood Mayor's Effort to Protect Residents Data Gets a Boost in the State Capitol

Earlier this month Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin sent a request to legislators in Missouri's State Capitol asking that measures be taken to protect residents private information. Many citizens do not know that email addresses and even the content of communication of residents with their local governments are considered public information under Missouri Sunshine Law. In a February 26th statement, Wildwood Mayor, Jim Bowlin announced that his effort to give more protection to residents has gained some traction in the Missouri Legislature. According to the statement, "two weeks after Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin launched an effort to change Missouri law to protect Wildwood resident's private contact i

Councilman Niles Stephens Tried to Use Wildwood Public Safety Reserve Funds in Other Communities &qu

A May 2, 2018 email from Councilman Niles Stephens to the Wildwood Public Safety Board shows that Stephens, a candidate for Mayor, wants to transfer Wildwood money to other communities where he thinks it is needed more. Although Stephens "did not know what that looks like" he said that it may include funding for "Crime Stopper refrigerator magnets" to be used in higher crime neighborhoods such as "North City." Stephens suggested that such a proposed "spread" of safety may help Wildwood residents be safer on the way to "sporting events or activities in the city." In the email, Stephens expressed concern over the municipal budget showing "$1.3 million dollars listed in the Public Safety Reser

Wildwood Mayor Seeks to Protect Residents' Email Data

Many people do not know that Missouri's Sunshine law makes communication between residents and city staff and elected officials public information. Moreover, lists of email addresses maintained by municipalities are also considered public and can be requested by individuals or companies through Missouri's open records law. Today, Wildwood's Mayor Jim Bowlin released a statement that he is petitioning the state of Missouri to modify its law requiring municipalities to reveal private information about citizens. According to the statement: "Citizens routinely provide their private contact information to municipalities and other governmental bodies so they can receive news and learn of communit