City of Asheville Submitted: August 4, 2020 | Updated: May 25, 2021

(August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

Hello City of Asheville, NC Government (and APD),

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information:

1) Please provide the public personnel records for Asheville Police Department Captain Joel Silberman as well as Lieutenant Sean Aardema during the time period of April 01, 1991 - August 03, 2020.

2) Please provide all awards and commendations received, as well as any disciplinary actions against Captain Silberman and Lieutenant Aardema during their employment with the Asheville Police Department (during the time period of April 01, 1991 - August 03, 2020.

3) Please provide a list of all awards and commendations for all Asheville Police Department employees from April 1, 1991 - present (or date on which the query is performed).

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • May 25, 2021 2:23 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: May 25, 2021, 2:23 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! I’ve marked it as completed on our site.

     

    Appreciate your assistance.


    Status: Completed
  • May 7, 2021 4:05 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: May 7, 2021, 4:05 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,
    The two personnel records for this request are available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tt6PX-EIelECDS9YJCWn-MA2IDgnrOlh?usp=sharing. Terry had advised that the awards information is not public record. Let me know if you have any questions.
    All best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • April 28, 2021 4:02 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 28, 2021, 4:02 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for your update from April 9th. I will hold off on following up on this request until mid-May if I don’t hear anything by then.

     

    Appreciate your assistance!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • April 9, 2021 9:23 am

    2 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 9, 2021, 9:23 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,
    These records are under review. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have questions.
    All best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • April 8, 2021 3:47 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 8, 2021, 3:47 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Checking in on this request to see if there’s any update to report on this request? I’ll plan on following up again later this month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • March 26, 2021 3:29 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 26, 2021, 3:29 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for your update from March 11th. I will plan on following up on this request in early April.

     

    Have a good weekend!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 11, 2021 1:43 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2021, 1:43 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,
    Your request is still being processed. I will forward you any responsive records when processing is complete. Please let me know if you have other questions.
    Cheers,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 9, 2021 12:48 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 9, 2021, 12:48 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    I just wanted to check in on this request to see if there was any update to report? I’ll plan on following up again at the end of the month if I haven’t heard back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • January 7, 2021 4:07 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 7, 2021, 4:07 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Our apologies for the delayed reply on this! Confirming receipt of your email.

     

    We’ll follow up again on this request in early-March.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • December 4, 2020 10:53 am

    6 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 4, 2020, 10:53 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,
    It looks like Terry had informed you that award information is confidential personnel information and is not a public record. I’ve put in a request to have the two personnel files generated. Our software system does not automatically general these files, so they are manually compiled. Given that each record covers 19 or so years, it will take a good deal of staff time but we will get the information to you as best we can. Thank you for following up and for your patience.
    Best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • December 3, 2020 4:15 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 3, 2020, 4:15 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    We’re following up on this request that was sent in on August 6th: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    At this point there is no clarity on the request’s estimated completion date, or what is taking so long for the request to be processed. Can you please let us know what is the specific reasoning for the delay, and whether that’s on the City’s end, APD, legal, etc. and when it will be completed?

     

    We appreciate all your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • November 5, 2020 12:40 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 5, 2020, 12:40 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for the update! We’ll follow up again around late-November if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 29, 2020 8:44 am

    7 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 29, 2020, 8:44 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,

     

    Your request is still being processed but I do not have an update on your request at this time. I will forward you any responsive records when processing is complete. Please let me know if you have other questions.

     

    Cheers,

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Clerk, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 27, 2020 4:34 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Public Records Request Inbox <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 27, 2020, 4:34 PM
    subject: Fwd: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville Public Records,

     

    We’re following up on this public records request which was sent in on August 6th: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    We’ve forwarded all past correspondence we’ve had on this request below. Is there any update to report? We’ll follow up again in mid-November if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • September 30, 2020 1:07 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    cc: Sarah Terwilliger <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 30, 2020, 1:07 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for the update! When we follow up on this request again in mid-October we will forward to the “opengov” email address.

     

    Thank you so much for all your help with various requests!

     

    Best,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • September 24, 2020 8:41 am

    8 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Sarah Terwilliger <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 25, 2020, 8:41 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good morning,
    This personnel records for this request are still under process.
    The award information is confidential personnel information and is not public record. Therefore, the city has no records responsive to that portion of the request.
    Please let me know if you have other questions.
    All best,

    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office

    828.259.5631
    Office Hours:
    M-W and F: 8am – 4:30 pm
    pronouns: she/her/hers


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • September 23, 2020 3:04 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    cc: Public Records Request Inbox <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 23, 2020, 3:04 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville,

     

    We’re following up on this public records request that was submitted on August 6th: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Can you confirm that it is still being processed, and if possible please provide an update as to where it is in your queue?

     

    We will follow up again in mid-October if we haven’t heard back before then.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • August 10, 2020 12:40 pm

    10 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 10, 2020, 12:40 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request. We’ll follow up again in late August if we haven’t heard back before then.

     

    Have a good day,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 7, 2020 9:28 am

    10 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 7, 2020, 9:28 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    I have received your public records request and will forward it to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
    All best,

    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 6, 2020 4:35 pm

    10 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 6, 2020, 4:35 PM
    subject: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (August 2020) Request for Asheville Police Department personnel records, awards, commendations through 08/03/20

     

    Message: “Hello City of Asheville, NC Government (and APD),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    1) Please provide the public personnel records for Asheville Police Department Captain Joel Silberman as well as Lieutenant Sean Aardema during the time period of April 01, 1991 – August 03, 2020.

     

    2) Please provide all awards and commendations received, as well as any disciplinary actions against Captain Silberman and Lieutenant Aardema during their employment with the Asheville Police Department (during the time period of April 01, 1991 – August 03, 2020.

     

    3) Please provide a list of all awards and commendations for all Asheville Police Department employees from April 1, 1991 – present (or date on which the query is performed).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • August 4, 2020 6:12 pm

    10 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending