Council Waives Attorney-Client Privilege In IPRA Request For Emails From Former Sheriff, Councilors…

County Attorney Alvin Leaphart. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

During a special Los Alamos County Council meeting Monday afternoon, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart discusses with County Council potentially waiving attorney-client privilege in order to fulfill an IPRA request for emails between several councilors, County staff and former Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Council approved 7-0 to waive attorney-client privilege and release the emails.

The eight emails were sent in the summer of 2017 and included correspondence between various parties including Councilors Pete Sheehey, David Izraelevitz, Antonio Maggiore, Leaphart, Lucero and former Councilor James Chrobocinski.

Leaphart said the emails are more form than substance and as a result he didn’t have any objections to waiving attorney-client privilege and releasing the emails.

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