Dominic Timpani and Fernando Barrios filed torts claiming Dover Mayor James Dodd and members of his police department used records improperly obtained through the Open Public Records Act to retaliate against them.
In his tort, Barrios, a former ally of the mayor, claimed Dover police improperly released information relating to a 2017 application he made to the town’s police department.
OPRA only allows release application materials of unsuccessful candidates once a position has been filled if the candidate consents to such release.
Dodd posted those records online at Doverliarsrevealed.com, a site devoted to publishing unsavory information about the mayor’s political opponents, namely those belonging to the Dover First movement, which unseated a number of Alderman candidates aligned with the mayor in primaries earlier this year.
Timpani, a former Dover alderman, made similar claims in his tort.
Timpani claimed Dodd asked Police Chief Harold Valentine directly if the former had any criminal records.
In 2018, Dodd filed an OPRA request seeking information on Timpani’s criminal record. That request was filled in two days, and Timpani said the clerk requested an extension for an OPRA request he later made seeking the same information