The Camden County government has not destroyed any records involved in a Sunshine Law complaint filed by a citizen of the county.

The Camden County government has not destroyed any records involved in a Sunshine Law complaint filed by a citizen of the county.

Attorney Matthew Growcock, hired by the Camden County Commission for legal advice on the Sunshine Law, responded on Tuesday afternoon to an email inquiry from the Lake Sun about an alleged violation of state law related to Theresa Townsend’s request for certain legal billing statements.

Missouri Assistant Attorney General Jason Lewis issued a statement June 1 to the county, copied to Townsend, seeking the records that Townsend had requested be provided to her. Townsend filed a complaint late last year with the state office over being denied the records.

The letter from Lewis also referenced destruction of legal billing statement records after the County’s auditor approved payment of the bills.

According to Growcock, that is a misunderstanding.

“The Commission is not, and has not, destroyed any of the records at issue. I have advised the AG’s office of this misunderstanding,” wrote Growcock.

He did not offer any explanation as to how such a misunderstanding between the county and the AG’s office arose.

The AG’s office had said that such destruction of records raised serious legal implications under the state’s Local Records Law in Chapter 109.

In addition to a records request regarding record-keeping, the Lake Sun also requested a copy of the County’s response to the AG’s office which is referenced in Lewis’ letter.

That document had not been provided as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Growcock also made no statement about whether the County would comply with the demand from the AG’s office to provide Townsend with the records she had requested.