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By Dennis Hetzel on May 4, 2023

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It took nearly two years and a lawsuit to force a publicly owned hospital in Tennessee to disclose the salary information of its senior administrators, according to a news release from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.


Cookeville Regional Medical Center Authority released the information to the Herald-Citizen newspaper recently, a few weeks after the paper filed a lawsuit with support from the RCFP.


The Herald-Citizen first sought the records in 2021 after the hospital hired the town’s part-time mayor as its chief strategy officer, a new position that the hospital never publicly advertised, according to the RCFP. The mayor had a role in approving the hospital’s budget as a member of the city council.


“It’s a community-owned hospital, so the public obviously has an interest in what happens there,” said Herald-Citizen Editor Lindsay Pride in the RCFP release.


According to the RCFP’s Open Government Guide, salary information for employees of Tennessee’s public entities are open, public records.




H-C seeks CRMC salary records through open records lawsuit | Herald Citizen (herald-citizen.com) (behind paywall)


Open Government Guide for Journalists – Reporters Committee (rcfp.org)




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