Dear Custodian of Records,
This letter is a request for copies of public records under the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law. Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 610 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, I request that you provide me with
- a complete list of current employees for the Ferguson Police Department,
- the job title of each employee, and
- the pay of each employee.
If there is no current complete list, a dated version of the most recent list of employees (within the past month) would be acceptable.
Please provide all records electronically, by e-mail attachment if available, or DVD/CD-ROM if not. If it is not possible to provide all records by either e-mail attachment or DVD/CD-ROM, please provide me via e-mail within three (3) days with a list of available formats for receiving the records.
As you have previously been made aware in December 2017, by attorney Dave Roland of the Freedom Center of Missouri, “the Sunshine Law requires public governmental bodies to respond appropriately to records requests regardless of how a citizen submits them. So long as the Custodian of Records receives a request, a public governmental body may not decline to fulfill a records request based on the way in which it was communicated to the Custodian of Records. If [a member of the public] chooses not to use the online request system the City prefers, the City is nonetheless obligated to fulfill his records request.”
If any or part of this request is denied, please send an email within three (3) days listing the specific exemptions upon which you rely for each denial and provide the contact information for the official to whom I may appeal. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.023.4. This request must “be acted upon as soon as possible, but in no event later than the end of the third business day following the date the request is received.” Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.023.3.
Because this records request is being submitted in the public interest and “is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operation or activities” of your city, particularly pertaining to compliance with the Ferguson’s Consent Decree and the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, and because records received may be made available to the general public, I ask that you please waive any fees or charge a substantially reduced fee pursuant to Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.026.1(1). However, should you decline to waive or reduce fees, proceed without further approval if the cost does not exceed $10.00 and send an invoice with the records. If the cost will exceed $10.00, please inform me of the cost in advance.
If portions of the requested records are closed, please segregate the closed portions and provide me with the rest of the records.
I wish to conduct all communications regarding this request via e-mail and so do not see a need to include a street address or telephone number with this request.