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Handling of mayor's texts brings two $5 million claims against Seattle

Two now-former public records officers blew the whistle about Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's missing text messages regarding racial justice protests last year.

SEATTLE — Two now-former public records officers who blew the whistle about Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s missing text messages have each filed $5 million claims against the city, saying they faced retaliation and felt compelled to resign. 

Records officer Stacy Irwin, with support from colleague Kimberly Ferreiro, reported to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission that the mayor’s office had broken the Public Records Act in responding to requests from journalists and others for Durkan’s communications.

The requests focused on decisions Durkan and other city officials made amid racial justice protests and unrest in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood last year, also known as the CHOP. 

KING 5 contacted the mayor's office for comment and received a statement that said, "The City is not able to comment on pending claims or litigation." 

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