Imperial County officials denied the Imperial Valley Press' request for public records related to the hiring of a county intergovernmental relations director.
The Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the county March 5 to have access to all documents related to the job.
County Supervisor Wally Leimgruber said he doesn't think the position is necessary and questioned the recruitment process.
The county gave the Press questions used by an interview panel for the first round of interviews. The county also turned over its standard interview guidelines.
The county denied the rest of the request Friday, its last day to respond. The letter from County Executive Officer Ann Capela stated "confidentiality in the public employment process" as one of the reasons for denying the request. The Press will continue to pursue the investigation and will contact legal counsel.