Freedom of Information Requests
City and county clerks have a long list of responsibilities, from preparing for council meetings to managing meeting minutes to safeguarding the public records of their cities or counties. The council vote, the basis for their decisions and the government actions that follow, are of intense interest to constituents and the media. Calls for more open government and transparent decisions have made longtime clerk responsibilities even more high profile.
Clerks have been handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records requests for decades. However, now the pressure is greater. While polls suggest that local government is far more trusted than the federal government, journalists and constituents want to know why decisions were made and how money was spent.
The meticulously managed but paper-based clerk's office cannot weather the storm of public distrust or local controversy without significantly better tools than file folders, cabinets, and offsite storage. Beyond the storage and cost burdens, how do you ensure that you preserve every document that is a public record or a potential FOIA request target? The answer is comprehensive electronic software that gives constituents and media the opportunity to find documents through a convenient, online system.
Click here to learn more about how to secure information while making it available online 24/7