On two occasions*, I have requested help from the Office of Open Records Counsel with obtaining public records from the Blount County Sherriff’s Office. Both times have been met with letters from the Mayor’s attorney Craig Garrett. Mr. Garrett has attempted to school me on what constitutes a valid open records request. Thus to try to avoid delays on future requests and the need to consult a state office, I asked for a copy of the open records policy for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. It turns out that the office doesn’t have a local open records policy.
*The follow up request to the Office of Open Records Counsel to obtain the open records policy could constitute a third occasion if counted separately from the original request for records related to housing federal inmates in the local jail.
For more information on previous requests see:
How the Sheriff’s Office wastes your money: Open Records request gets the interrogation room
A response to a nonresponse: Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have form used to determine inmate costs
From: “Jeff French” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:03am
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com, “Jill Reed” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FW: Blount County Sheriff’s Office – Open Records Request of Tona Monroe
This is message I sent to you on November 16, 2016. I apologize if you did not receive.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office does not have any such policy pertaining specifically to open records requests.
Begin forwarded message:
Date: November 15, 2016 at 3:13:33 PM EST
To: “Jeff French” <email@example.com>
Cc: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>, “Jill Reed” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Blount County Sheriff’s Office – Open Records Request of Tona Monroe
Dear Chief Deputy,
It is amazing what great lengths some will go to in a response to explain why they haven’t responded. If just a fraction of effort was put into to responding in the first place, there wouldn’t be a need to contact an attorney, at taxpayer expense, to explain your lack of response.
Pursuant to the Open Records Act of Tennessee, I request a copy of the open records policy of Blount County Sheriff’s Office. An electronic copy is preferred if available.
If you want me come to the Justice Center and give a copy of my drivers license I can but you should have a copy of my drivers license on file from the request when Chief Deputy Jimmy Long made a copy of it while I was placed in the interrogation room during a request some years back.
From: “Jill Reed” <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 2:22pm
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Cc: “Jeff French” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Blount County Sheriff’s Office – Open Records Request of Tona Monroe
Please see attached from Attorney Craig Garrett.
Jill A. Reed-Chaney
Law Office of Craig L. Garrett, Attorney at Law, PLLC
607 Smithview Drive
Maryville, Tennessee 37803
(865) 981-2833 fax