TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 4, 2015

A study of how Memphis fulfills public records requests has generated 23 recommendations to improve the process, the Commercial Appeal reports. A former Shelby County commissioner undertook the review at the request of the mayor. He found that deficiencies stemmed from inefficient processes, a lack of understanding of state law and a growing distrust between public records staff and government officials and local media. The recommendations include transferring public records responsibilities from the law division to the executive division and appointing a public records ombudsman and oversight committee.