Other (indicate in message) Submitted: December 13, 2023 | Updated: December 29, 2023

(December 2023) Multi-part request for Onslow County, NC DSS: All DSS employee promotions, demotions, transfers, dismissals, separations, disciplinary actions from 11/01/23 – present. And all DSS Director / Deputy director employment contracts.

Good afternoon Susan, Cortina, Sara, Donna (or Records Officer / Custodian(s) of these Records),

Please reply promptly to the following multi-part public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to "inspect", nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

A1. This request is related to all Onslow County Department of Social Services (DSS) employees, and it should cover the specific time period of 11/01/2023 through the present day [on the date the query is performed].

Please provide each employee’s Name, Title, Salary, as well as designation of “full-time” or “part-time”. Please provide the Dates and Types of each employee’s promotions, demotions, transfers, suspensions, separations, other changes in position classifications, any disciplinary actions, and demotions for disciplinary reasons. Please include a General Description and the Reason for each of these Types of events.

A2. Please provide the electronic copy of the Notice of the Final Decision setting forth the specific acts or omissions for the basis of dismissal due to disciplinary reasons.

B1. Please provide the electronic copy of all past and current employment contracts for Onslow County DSS Director Susan Thigpen. This should include ALL employment contracts for any job positions held with the County since the time they were first employed through the present day.

B2. Please provide the electronic copy of all past and current employment contracts for Onslow County DSS Deputy Director Cortina Hamilton. This should include ALL employment contracts for any job positions held with the County since the time they were first employed through the present day.

If any or all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide me with a link to where it can be accessed.
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Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

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

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:

  • December 29, 2023 4:51 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 29, 2023, 4:51 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    Hi Joy,

     

    Thank you for your speedy replies!

     

    I just reviewed the two documents you sent today, as well as your other responses.

     

    I believe you’re saying that neither Susan Thigpen nor Cortina Hamilton have had any employment contract(s) for any job position(s) that they’ve held with the County since the time they were first employed.

     

    I will add this information to our website, and will now mark the request as “Completed”.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team

     

     

    ** Editor’s Note to Sender: This info. comes from our FAQs page:

     

    Who should I contact if I think there are results of requests that have been improperly disclosed or should be redacted?

     

    The results of all Completed requests are published on our site, and have been provided to Sunshine Request directly by the disclosing government agency (government entity).

     

    Sunshine Request’s policy in situations involving an alleged improper disclosure is to refer you to the disclosing agency (government entity). If any party feels that an alleged improper disclosure has taken place, please contact the disclosing agency (government entity) directly.

     

    If the disclosing agency, after a review of your case, determines that confidential information was improperly disclosed, and notifies us of such disclosure, we will then be able to review your case.

     

    Similarly — Sunshine Request has reviewed any info given to us from Onslow County DSS to determine if it satisfies the initial request. We make no claim as to the veracity of records / responses we receive from Entities. If you have reason to believe that O.C. DSS has improperly disclosed (or is not disclosing) all available public records in accordance with NC Public Records Law, we encourage you to reach out to them directly.

     

    Thank your for using www.sunshinerequest.com!


    Status: Completed
  • December 29, 2023 2:48 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 29, 2023, 2:48 PM
    subject: RE: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    Have a wonderful rest of your day!

     

     

    Warmest Regards,

     

    Joy

     

    Joy Johnson

    HR Director

    Onslow County Government Human Resources

    234 Northwest Corridor Blvd, Suite 310

    Jacksonville, NC 28540

    P: (910) 937-1365

    F: (910) 989-5811

     

    Our mission is to deliver exceptional services that enhance the quality of life within our County.

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 2 files referenced (“republicrecordsrequest_december2023.zip“) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 29, 2023 2:46 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 29, 2023, 2:46 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    Hi Joy,

     

    Thanks for your message.

     

    I will further reply to your questions momentarily.

     

    I do not see any new documents or attachments in your previous email.

     

    Please advise.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • December 29, 2023 2:44 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 29, 2023, 2:44 PM
    subject: RE: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    The report that you mentioned with the SSN’s – I have removed this information and reattached both reports.

     

    These reports cover all of the information that you requested for the period of 11/1/2023 – 12/18/2023 (when the report was pulled).

     

    Name, title, salary, FT/PT is indicated on the public records report. The second report title change in status, indicates any status changes for the period requested.  The only changes that occurred during that period were terminations due to resignations and one pay change (which promotion and how much the promotion was is indicated on the report ).

     

    Neither Susan Thigpen nor Cortina Hamilton are under any contracts so there is nothing to provide there.

     

    Can you please advise on what information you are missing?

     

    Have a wonderful rest of your day!

     

     

    Warmest Regards,

     

    Joy

     

    Joy Johnson

    HR Director

    Onslow County Government | Human Resources

    234 Northwest Corridor Blvd, Suite 310

    Jacksonville, NC 28540

    P: (910) 937-1365

    F: (910) 989-5811

     

    Our mission is to deliver exceptional services that enhance the quality of life within our County.

     

    Editor’s Note: No files were attached to Joy’s email.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 28, 2023 5:31 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 28, 2023, 5:31 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    Good evening Joy,

     

    I’m following up on my last message at 5:11pm. I felt that it was important to alert you right away that you provided me with SSN’s (which was not requested, and so I have removed all of those updates from our website so they are not public).

     

    I would also like to clarify now that my original request asked for the following…since, all of the items I requested don’t seem to have been provided or addressed:

     

    A1. This request is related to all Onslow County Department of Social Services (DSS) employees, and it should cover the specific time period of 11/01/2023 through the present day [on the date the query is performed].

     

    Please provide each employee’s Name, Title, Salary, as well as designation of “full-time” or “part-time”. Please provide the Dates and Types of each employee’s promotions, demotions, transfers, suspensions, separations, other changes in position classifications, any disciplinary actions, and demotions for disciplinary reasons. Please include a General Description and the Reason for each of these Types of events.

     

    A2. Please provide the electronic copy of the Notice of the Final Decision setting forth the specific acts or omissions for the basis of dismissal due to disciplinary reasons.

     

    B1. Please provide the electronic copy of all past and current employment contracts for Onslow County DSS Director Susan Thigpen. This should include ALL employment contracts for any job positions held with the County since the time they were first employed through the present day.

     

    B2. Please provide the electronic copy of all past and current employment contracts for Onslow County DSS Deputy Director Cortina Hamilton. This should include ALL employment contracts for any job positions held with the County since the time they were first employed through the present day.

     

    If any or all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide me with a link to where it can be accessed. “

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    If you were unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please explain this, and please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • December 28, 2023 5:11 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 28, 2023, 5:11 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    Hi Joy,

     

    Thank you for your assistance.

     

    I just started to review the two documents you sent to see if they satisfied the request. However — right away I noticed that you’ve provided social security numbers of some of your employees. I assume that this is a mistake, and so — in the meantime I have removed this information from our website.

     

    Please respond at your earlier convenience with the redacted / corrected information responsive to my request.

     

    Thank you for your help!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • December 28, 2023 1:20 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Joy Johnson <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 28, 2023, 1:20 PM
    subject: Public records request. (December 2023)

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Please see the attached reports.

     

    Please let me know if I can assist you with anything further.

     

    Happy holidays to you!

     

    Have a wonderful rest of your day!

     

     

    Warmest Regards,

     

    Joy

     

    Joy Johnson

    HR Director

    Onslow County Government | Human Resources

    234 Northwest Corridor Blvd, Suite 310

    Jacksonville, NC 28540

    P: (910) 937-1365

    F: (910) 989-5811

     

    Our mission is to deliver exceptional services that enhance the quality of life within our County.

     


    Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 132, email correspondence to and from this address may be considered public record under the North Carolina Public Records Law and may possibly be disclosed to third parties.

     

    **Editor’s Note: In her email, Joy attached two spreadsheets. We will not be posting those files on our website. Additionally, we have deleted the two documents we received.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 13, 2023 2:01 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Dec 13, 2023, 2:01 PM
    subject: Public records request. (December 2023) Multi-part request for Onslow County, NC DSS: All DSS employee promotions, demotions, transfers, dismissals, separations, disciplinary actions from 11/01/23 – present. And all DSS Director / Deputy director employment contracts.

     

    Good afternoon Susan, Cortina, Sara, Donna (or Records Officer / Custodian(s) of these Records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following multi-part public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to “inspect”, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    A1. This request is related to all Onslow County Department of Social Services (DSS) employees, and it should cover the specific time period of 11/01/2023 through the present day [on the date the query is performed].

     

    Please provide each employee’s Name, Title, Salary, as well as designation of “full-time” or “part-time”. Please provide the Dates and Types of each employee’s promotions, demotions, transfers, suspensions, separations, other changes in position classifications, any disciplinary actions, and demotions for disciplinary reasons. Please include a General Description and the Reason for each of these Types of events.

     

    A2. Please provide the electronic copy of the Notice of the Final Decision setting forth the specific acts or omissions for the basis of dismissal due to disciplinary reasons.

     

    B1. Please provide the electronic copy of all past and current employment contracts for Onslow County DSS Director Susan Thigpen. This should include ALL employment contracts for any job positions held with the County since the time they were first employed through the present day.

     

    B2. Please provide the electronic copy of all past and current employment contracts for Onslow County DSS Deputy Director Cortina Hamilton. This should include ALL employment contracts for any job positions held with the County since the time they were first employed through the present day.

     

    If any or all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide me with a link to where it can be accessed.
    ————————————

     

    Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!

     

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


    Status: Sent to Government
  • December 13, 2023 1:49 pm

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending