Request #20-44


I've attached a sample of what we were provided last year. We are asking for the same file again, for 2020. Here's the official records lingo, though:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law, I request an electronic copy of City of Ferguson employee payroll records for the current fiscal or calendar year, including City of Ferguson police department, sheriff's office or other law-enforcement offices, if applicable. You may use whichever year format, calendar or fiscal, that is easiest for you; please just specify, in your response to the records or in the records themselves, which one you are using.

I request records that contain, but are not necessarily limited to, the following fields:

- Name

- Department name

- Position/job title

- Part-time/full-time status

- Bi-weekly salary

- Performance wage (when applicable)

- Annualized bi-weekly salary, projected annual salary, or the calculation used by City of Ferguson to reach annual salary figures, using the bi-weekly salary figure, if you are not able to provide the annual salary

- Hire date

If there is a data field that uses codes instead of descriptions (i.e. numeric codes for departments, instead of the department names), please provide a file that displays what the codes represent.

I request that the records, in the format of an Excel, Access, .csv or .txt file, be emailed to me, electronically transferred, or provided on a disk. Please let me know if none of these file formats are possible.

If for any reason you deny any portion of the request, please cite the specific exemption under the state Sunshine law you feel allows the information to be withheld. Exemptions cited under any local law, regulation or ordinance are not valid and may result in an appeal to the exemption. As such, please also notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Because we are making this request in the public interest and will not be using these records for commercial gain, I request that any fees that may be associated with this request be waived. If there is a cost associated with completing this request, please provide an itemization of the costs, including the hourly rate of the employee(s) involved in processing the records before fulfilling the request.

If any additional information or clarification is required, please call or email me, instead of using standard mail, so as to expedite the process. I look forward to your response within three business days of receiving the request, as state law requires. 


Janelle O'Dea
Data reporter
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Office: 314-340-8349
Cell: 217-898-4265


May 8, 2020 via web


May 21, 2020


Human Resources






Point of Contact

Octavia Pittman

Due Date Changed Public
05/21/2020 (was 05/13/2020). Additional time is needed for review related materials in response to this request.
May 15, 2020, 6:05am
Department Assignment Public
Added: Human Resources.
May 13, 2020, 3:11pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
May 8, 2020, 2:01pm