The passing of a Sunshine Hero

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Shortly before his death, Tom Schweich released an audit on Feb. 17 regarding a St. Joseph-area school district. (Jessica Stewart/St. Joseph News-Press)

The Missouri Sunshine Coalition offers its condolences to the family of State Auditor Tom Schweich, who worked to educate fellow public officials about the importance of the Missouri Sunshine Law and open government.

Schweich died Thursday, Feb. 26, after what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The state auditor was chosen as the coalition’s 2014 Sunshine Hero for his efforts to improve access to public information. During his time in office, he pushed Sunshine Law compliance, and in 2014, he released a report showing Sunshine Law violations in 15 percent of the audits conducted by his office during 2013.

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